A 49-year-old Fort Collins man, who was arrested in 2012 for sexual assault on a child, was arrested at a Windsor church in June for violating a restraining order.
According to the Weld District Attorney’s Office, Hugo Ornelas is scheduled to appear at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday regarding the restraining order violation, a class 1 misdemeanor.
Windsor and Fort Collins police arrested Ornelas in Windsor on June 7 at Iglesia Del Dios Vivo, 416 Oak St. According to a Windsor police arrest affidavit, Ornelas was in violation of a protection order and was not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. Calls were not returned by anyone at the church.
Fort Collins police Det. Aliya Hess and her fellow detectives followed Ornelas from Fort Collins to the Windsor church, and she observed him interacting with several children between the ages of 3 to 8.
According to the affidavit, Windsor police officer Byron Kastilahn and Hess went into the church and observed Ornelas near the back of the church, on his knees with his hand on top of a young child praying. Ornelas was advised that he was in violation of the protection order by having contact with and being around children. Ornelas told police he thought it didn’t apply to his church. Police told him it applied everywhere, and he was arrested.
The protection order says that Ornelas shall not harass, molest, intimidate, retaliate against or tamper with any witness to or victim of the acts he was charged with committing; he shall refrain from contacting or directly or indirectly communicating with the victim(s); and is ordered to have no contact with anyone under 18 years of age.
“Fort Collins cops were watching him, he came into our city and he went to that church and he was around kids,” Windsor police Chief John Michaels said. “There is an order that says he can’t do that. We arrested him and took him to jail.”
Ornelas was originally arrested in December 2012 in Fort Collins for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class 4 felony.
According to a Fort Collins police arrest affidavit, Ornelas sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at his home in Fort Collins around 11 p.m. July 11, 2012, and then again the next morning.
On Aug. 2, 2012, the victim went to the Child Advocacy Center for a forensic interview.
The affidavit said Ornelas was in Utah for a church camp, and told everyone in the victim’s family that he felt “bad and ashamed” for what he did to the girl.
Fort Collins police interviewed Ornelas in Estes Park on Aug. 3, 2012, and he told police that what happened was a direct result of him distancing himself from God and opening the door to temptation as he started to look at pornography, first with magazines and then on the computer.
A jury found Ornelas guilty of sexual assault, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in Larimer County next month.
“It seems to me an awful lot of this was generated out of Fort Collins, and it kind of bled over to us because he was in violation of a protection order in our city, and it applied here and we did arrest him,” Michaels said.