Former Steamboat Springs police officer pleads not guilty

Matt Stensland
Kristin Bantle

— Former Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday.

Bantle has been charged with attempt to influence a public servant related to providing false information on an employment application submitted to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. According to a report prepared by a District Attorney’s Office investigator, Bantle lied about past drug use.

A three-day jury trial has been scheduled to begin Dec. 1.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Shelley Hill denied a request that Hill reconsider her decision not to allow a preliminary hearing.

After reading reports, Hill ruled Tuesday there was probable cause for the prosecution.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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