A Colorado high school band coach has been accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old. According to reports, the school resource officer for the El Paso County Sheriff's Department got a tip about the relationship back in February. The man was arrested after police conducted interviews and reviewed social media.
A Colorado teenager has been arrested after an altercation that left another man injured in Colorado Springs. The defendant, age 18, will be required to mount a criminal defense against allegations of second-degree assault. He is accused of punching the victim in the face several times, according to an initial investigation. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital after suffering injuries that were not life-threatening.
As there is an increased focus from law enforcement authorities on investigating and prosecuting allegations of sex crimes, more people may be finding themselves on the defending end of these charges. Reports of human trafficking, in particular, have become an increased media interest, and stories that are presented via news outlets before all of the facts of the case are gathered can impact the reputations and future lives of those involved.
One Colorado Springs man is currently on trial for charges stemming from four area shootings from 2001 to 2008. The man has been charged with a total of 31 counts for sniper-style attacks on people involved in his divorce proceedings. The man is accused of killing someone in 2008 who was allegedly romantically involved with this ex-wife, firing shots in the homes of an attorney and judge in 2001 and partially blinding his ex-wife's divorce lawyer in 2002.
Although sex crimes carry a heavy social stigma, it is important to remember that those charged are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. If charges do result in a conviction, it is vital that a person comply with all terms of the sentence, including those related to registering as a sex offender. Failure to report to the sex offender registry can carry penalties of its own, as three Colorado men found out.
Being charged with a crime of any kind is a daunting life event. Now, imagine that you are a kid and facing the possibility of being convicted of a crime. To make matters even more serious, the possible charge that a Colorado juvenile might face is murder.
In a past post, we shared how Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson attracted attention for his personal and not professional life. He and his pregnant girlfriend were both arrested related to a domestic dispute that Colorado authorities responded to in August.