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Man accused of trying to kidnap Aurora girl charged with 3 felonies, sentence enhancers

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 14:56:08-04

AURORA, Colo. – The man accused of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old girl in Aurora last week was formally charged Thursday with three felonies, including attempted sexual contact and attempted kidnapping, along with three sentence enhancers.

Tyler Christensen, 32, faces charges of attempted aggravated sexual assault on a child, attempted sexual contact – no consent, attempted second-degree kidnapping and three sentence enhancers for being a habitual criminal, which would kick in if he is convicted.

Christensen, who is a registered sex offender, is accused of grabbing the girl from her school bus stop near Exposition Ave. and South Nome St. around 5 p.m. last Thursday. Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said last week the girl fought back against Christensen, biting him and screaming.

"This extraordinary young lady did what she needed to do to get away," he said last week.

Colorado court records show Christensen pleaded guilty in 2008 to attempted sex assault – overcoming victim’s will and third-degree assault in a November 2007 incident in which he attacked an 82-year-old woman inside an elevator in Grand Junction. They also show he violated his probation several times.

A preliminary hearing for the recent Aurora case was set for Nov. 20. Christensen is being held on a $200,000 bond, court records show.