Family of man accused of kidnapping Johnstown teen says he’s innocent
A man accused of kidnapping and sexually touching a Johnstown teenager appears in court for the first time Friday.
A Weld County judge advised David Calderon, 38, of his rights and set his bond at $200,000.
“Do you understand these rights?” asks the judge.
“Yes, I did,” answers Calderon through a video monitor from the jail into the court room.
Calderon says he understand his rights, but his family certainly doesn’t understand how he ended up here.
“I don’t understand what is going on. We are all devastated. We are confused. This has been a mess for all of us,” says Calderon’s sister, who didn’t want to give her name.
An arrest warrant affidavit may shed some light.
The 16-year-old victim claims Calderon forced her into his SUV Tuesday night while he sat in his SUV in the Hays Market parking lot. But Calderon claims she got in willingly.
The teenager told police while Calderon was in his vehicle he “made a statement and since — could not hear him, she stepped closer to him. — said that Calderon then grabbed her and pulled her into his vehicle (through the driver’s side)…”
She says Calderon told her “he had a gun…” And “If you run, I will hunt you down.”
Once inside Calderon’s home, she says he blocks the door with a chair.
She says he pulls her toward him and fondles her.
But Calderon says she “…tripped and fell on his lap. Calderon denied any sexual contact with —. But states he did give her a hug rubbing her back.”
The girl also claims Calderon hit her in the face. But Calderon says she hit her face on the car door at a car wash in Milliken.
The girl says, “Calderon took her to various locations to conduct, what she believed were, drug deals.“
“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe David would be like that,” says Calderon’s sister.
His family says the girl’s story doesn’t add up—especially since his room doesn’t have a bathroom and he uses his parents’ bathroom.
“She had plenty, plenty of time to leave. David is in and out of his room. It’s not like he was in the room with her the entire time they are saying,” she says.
They also reiterate what Johnstown Police had said—that the victim has a history of running away.
Now, all the family says they can do is hope.
“That the truth comes out. Justice is served. I pray for this little girl that she doesn’t hurt and ruin people’s lives,” Calderon’s sister says.
He faces several felonies including second-degree kidnapping, unlawful sexual contact and felony menacing. He faces several years in prison if convicted.