A 12-year-old boy is facing multiple sex assault charges after authorities say he inappropriately touched a girl who was at least four years younger than than him
. His mother was also arrested in connection to the case, accused of knowingly allowing him to violate a protection order that barred him from being alone with children.
The boy, 12-year-old Alex Pankey
, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of sexual assault on a child, one count of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, and two counts of violating a protection order.
Pankey was investigated and charged in four previous child sex assault cases
. He was awaiting sentencing for a case he pleaded guilty to when this most recent arrest happened.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says because his new charges are class 3 and 4 felonies, they are allowed to release his name but not his mug shot.
An arrest affidavit details two separate occasions when Pankey went to a friend's house, managed to get his friend's young sister alone with him, and then sexually assaulted her.
The girl's parents told deputies Pankey's mother Debra had dropped him off their home multiple times and never once mentioned his criminal history
or the protection order. They also say when they confronted her about the allegations their daughter was making, she told them nothing like this had ever happened before and asked them not to report it.
faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.