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Man pleads guilty to harboring a minor

The 36-year-old Buena Vista man received credit for time served, and was also assessed $258.50 in fines and costs, court documents say.
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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — A 36-year-old Buena Vista man arrested in February 2020 pleaded guilty to harboring a minor as part of a plea agreement, according to Chaffee County Clerk of Courts Office.

A 13-year-old girl from Moffat was reported missing from her home on Feb. 16 and was spotted by a passerby at the Poncha Springs Visitors Center the next day, investigators said.

Deputies said they responded to the tip and confirmed that the teen was the missing juvenile.

RELATED: Missing Saguache County teen found safe

Following an investigation, authorities arrested Jason Andrew Harter on Feb. 21.

Harter originally faced the following charges, according to court records:

  • Felony second-degree kidnapping
  • Felony sex assault
  • Felony enticement of a child
  • Misdemeanor child abuse

As part of the plea agreement, court documents say Harter pleaded guilty to the one charge and had the rest dismissed by the district attorney. The sentence order says Harter was sentenced to 180 days in jail, received credit for time served and was ordered to pay $258.50 in fines and court costs.

Moffat is located in Saguache County, about 180 miles southwest of Denver. Chaffee County is directly north of Saguache County.

Chaffee County Crime Stoppers

You can also remain anonymous by submitting tips through the Chaffee County Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a reward. You can contact them at 719-539-5299 or submit tips online. 

Chaffee County Crime Stoppers collects information on unsolved crimes and individuals wanted by law enforcement.

Callers do not have to give their names, can remain anonymous and be entitled to a cash reward.

> More information about the Chaffee County Crime Stoppers can be found here 

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