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Man denies assault accusation

A Superior man accused of sexually assaulting a minor made his initial appearance in Douglas County Court Monday.

Ethan Warren Moen, 18, faces one count of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. He pleaded not guilty Monday and was released on a $2,000 signature bond.

Investigators say the alleged incident occurred last week. Moen and the teen, who is his former girlfriend, were talking at his house, according to the criminal complaint. The girl told Superior Police Officer Nicholas Eastman that she and Moen began kissing, but when he tried to initiate sex, she objected. They continued talking, during which time Moen tried to remove her pants a number of times. When the girl tried to leave, Moen assaulted her. She told the investigator she and Moen had a sexually active relationship when they were dating, but she did not give permission this time.

When Moen was arrested, Superior Police officers noted that he had a large mark on his neck. His mother described it as a hickey. Moen told Det. Joe Krieg that the girl did it and requested that officers take pictures of his neck, according to the complaint.

The sex assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years and a fine of up to $100,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 28. As a condition of bail, Moen is to have no contact with the complainant.