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Founder of nonprofit for homeless kids arrested for sex assault on child

It's the kind of headline that grabs everyone's attention: the founder of a nonprofit group for homeless children is arrested in Colorado and charged with sexual assault on a child.

Unfortunately, it's rare for our media to note, even in passing, that accusations aren't themselves proof of wrongdoing.

Regardless, Aurora, Colorado, police recently announced the arrest of the man, 69 years old, who founded "Stand Up for Kids," a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless kids, in 1990.

He was arrested a few days ago after a two-week investigation into allegations that he had committed felony sexual assault on a child in Aurora.

He's accused of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Authorities say he engaged in sexual abuse of a child for three years, beginning in August of 2009.

Law enforcement officials told media sources that because the man's organization is spread across other cities and states, they fear the Colorado child might not be the only one with whom the man has allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact.

"Stand Up for Kids" claims to work with at-risk homeless and street kids in cities across the country.

The group has said it has offices in Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder, as well as in 11 California cities, six Florida locations, four each in Texas and Tennessee, as well as offices in Washington DC, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota and many other states.

Our El Paso law firm handles similar cases. For more information, visit our Colorado Springs sex crimes page.

Source: KDVR, "'Stand up for Kids' founder arrested for sex assault on child," Sept. 18, 2012

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