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Former Colorado Springs cop accused of sex crimes

In May, we reported about a former Colorado Springs police officer who was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Since then, the accusations have gotten much more serious against the 30-year-old, who was a school resource officer at Horace Mann Middle School.

In an appearance in 4th Judicial District Court today, prosecutors alleged that the man abused as many as 22 children, which is up from the previous accusations that involved six children. The man now faces 189 counts of felony sexual assault in connection to the alleged acts.

The next court date for the case is scheduled for September 15, when a judge in the preliminary hearing will decide if the man will be brought to trial on the charges.

The prosecutor said that he couldn't provide any details on the new allegations, but said that they are of "a similar nature of the previous filed charges." The man's attorney did not offer a comment immediately following today's court appearance, but said that a written statement would be released.

Police originally arrested the man after child pornography was allegedly found in the man's home during a search. But eight days later, the man was re-arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting children, police said. The man is currently being held in El Paso County jail on a $500,000 bond.

These are very serious charges that have been brought against the man, and could potentially send him to prison for life. Of course, any time someone's civil liberties are in jeopardy, it's extremely important that the person is afforded the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

This means that the man, as all other criminal defendants, has a right:

  • to a fair and speedy trial before a judge or a jury of peers;
  • to be represented by a competent attorney;
  • to remain silent and to not take the stand at trial;
  • to be considered innocent until the prosecution has proven each element of the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt; and
  • to cross-examine witnesses provided by the prosecution.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, "Former Springs cop had 22 victims, prosecutors allege," Lance Benzel and Emily Wilkins, 7/26/2011.

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