Former Colorado Springs cop on trial for alleged sex crimes
A former police officer from Colorado Springs has been placed on trial on accusations that he touched a number of minor boys on their genitals in his office in a middle school where he volunteered to work as a wrestling coach.
The jury involved in the sex crimes trial was shown a videotape which prosecutors claimed showed such abuse. The video was taken from files found on the defendant’s laptop computer.
The 31-year-old defendant, if convicted, could be sentenced to up to a lifetime of incarceration.
Prosecutors asserted that he fondled a total of 22 boys in the course of the 2010-2011 school term. The incidents are claimed to have taken place at Horace Mann Middle School.
Lawyers for the defendant stated that any such touching took place in the course of the ex-officer’s examinations of wrestling team members, and were intended to detect ringworm or other communicable skin diseases.
They denied that he was engaged in sexually abusing the children.
The jury also heard an audio recording of a phone conversation with the defendant in which he denied ever touching the boys’ genitals. School authorities acknowledged that wrestling team members were expected to remove their clothing for exams prior to participating in competitions, but said that physical touching during such exams would violate school policies.
At the trial, defense lawyers questioned the adequacy of the police investigation into the accusations, and pointed out that the statement of one of the boys who said the volunteer coach touched him was disproved by the video of his examination, which depicted no such touching.
The defendant resigned as a Colorado Springs police officer in June of 2011 after the accusations against him became public. At the time, the police department had initiated proceedings aimed at his termination.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette: “Video shows ex-cop Carrier touching kids,” Lance Benzel, March 19, 2012