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Former Colorado Springs police officer faces trial for sex abuse

A judge has ruled that confidential conversations between a criminal defense attorney and a former Colorado Springs police offer should not have been recorded or turned over to the district attorney's office.

The recordings are to be returned, the judge said, in the case of a 30-year-old former officer is accused of the sexual assault of 22 children at a middle school where he volunteered as a wrestling coach. He also faces child pornography charges in a separate case scheduled to go to trial in January.

The students allege that the former officer groped them while examining them for possible injuries or while checking for possible contraband.

Authorities also accuse him of falsely presenting himself to school officials and others as an emergency medical technician.

In testimony in a previous court hearing, parents and investigators were allowed to testify, but no alleged victims. Testimony included a story about a boy who said he went to the nurse's office with a stomach ache.

The boy said there was no nurse on duty, but the wrestling coach was there, so he examined the boy for appendicitis. The boy told his parents that the coach inappropriately touched him during the examination.

Two other boys told their parents that they were strip-searched by the coach, who was apparently looking for illegal drugs. They also accuse him of inappropriate touching.

The man and his defense team pointed out that all these accusations were made after he was arrested.

If he's found guilty of the charges, he faces harsh punishment that might well include time in prison. Anyone facing similar accusations should talk over their options with an experienced attorney before discussing any of the charges with police or prosecutors.

Source: KKTV: "Former Cop Charged With Sex Abuse Appears In Court," Oct. 11, 2011

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