Man convicted in assault of elderly woman

Highlands Ranch man faces up to life in prison

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A Jefferson County jury has found Michael Steven Arreola, 58, of Highlands Ranch, guilty of unlawful sexual contact with an 81-year-old woman.

Arreola was convicted June 24. He was found guilty of five felony counts, including two counts of attempted sexual assault of an at-risk adult, one count of unlawful sexual contact of an at-risk adult, one count of attempted unlawful sexual contact of an at-risk adult and one count of menacing.

According to a news release from the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, during the trial the victim testified that Arreola had taken her to an Edgewater bar in July 2012. Employees of the bar said the man was “aggressively ordering beers” for her and that the victim was seen losing her balance and fell into a wall inside the bar.

Employees helped Arreola get the woman into his truck and one of her neighbors testified that he saw Arreola drag her into her home at 6 p.m. that evening. The two were found together in bed by the victim’s granddaughter a few hours later and the granddaughter went and got her father, the victim’s son, from his home next door.

According to testimony, the victim’s son ordered Arreola out of the house at gunpoint and Arreola called 911 to report that he had been threatened. When Wheat Ridge police arrived they found the victim unable to walk.

Arreola will be sentenced Aug. 29. He could face a sentence of probation for 20 years to life, or a sentence of between eight and 24 years to life in prison. He is currently free on $1,000 bond.