CANON CITY -- A Fort Carson soldier was given a four-year deferred sentence Wednesday in connection with a child sexual assault case.
Erik Simon Jeske, 40, of Penrose, pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault on a child. He will serve a fouryear deferred sentence during which he will have to be on sex-offender specific intensive probation, which is "very difficult," District Court Judge David Thorson told him.
"I am not too happy this is all we are doing," said the victim's mother. "My life is upside down and my daughter's life is especially upside down and she is going to have to try to live with this and get past it."
The victim was 8 at the time of the 2010 assault, according to court records. The incident was not reported until July 2011 when Jeske was on deployment to Afghanistan and he was not arrested until after he returned home last December.
Jeske apologized during the sentencing hearing.
"I am sorry for what I have done and I hope in time she (the victim) will find a loving relationship and be able to move on," Jeske said.
Thorson advised Jeske that violation of the deferred sentence could lead to an indeterminate prison sentence of two years to life. Jeske will return to court for a restitution hearing June 12 during which the victim's mother will ask for $11,000 in restitution.