Man charged with sexual assault in El Paso County
A former police sergeant and school safety official is now facing two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust in El Paso County. According to reports, the 51-year-old man — who is also facing child sex crimes in another state — appeared in a Colorado Springs court on March 25.
A police affidavit alleges that the incident took place in Colorado Springs in the summer of either 1996 or 1997, when the 51-year-old was in town for a visit. The basis for the man’s arrest was a probable cause affidavit, which says that the Colorado police department became involved in the investigation after it received information from officers working the case in the other state that the 51-year-old had allegedly molested a man in the Colorado Springs area several years ago.
According to reports, the 24-year-old man who alleges he was molested claims that the 51-year-old had been in his life for several years prior to the incident. The man told authorities that the older man had provided him with pornography and that they had slept in the same bed. According to the affidavit, the older man allegedly straddled the teen — who was reportedly around the age of 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged incident — and sat on his genitals.
The 51-year-old is currently in the El Paso County Jail pending $10,000 bond. A bond hearing was scheduled for March 31. It is unclear what effect if any the charges against the man in the other state will have on the Colorado case, but it is important to remember that those accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty, even in the case of multiple charges.
The defense representation is likely to be interested in the timeline of the alleged events, and the fact that the reported incidents happened several years ago may also be a factor. Those facing these types of charges may want to avoid the publicity of a trial, but someone who specializes in defending those charged with sex crimes can help ensure that defendants are aware of all possible options.
Source: The Wichita Eagle, “Wichita school safety official also facing child sex charges in Colorado” Tim Potter, Mar. 25, 2014