No charges filed against deputy yet
Steamboat Springs — An investigation into whether charges should be brought against a former Routt County sheriff’s deputy who was fired because of allegations that he had sex multiple times with a 17-year-old girl is ongoing.
There is no information on when or if criminal charges could be brought against the deputy.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James’ only comment on the case was that there is no new information.
Ray Birch, the lead investigator for the case, said he could confirm that the case is under investigation but could not give any specifics.
Attorney Charles Feldmann, who is representing the former deputy, said in late May that he thought a decision on whether to file charges would come in early June. That did not happen, and Feldmann said he guessed the investigation for the case was taking awhile because of the time it takes to process evidence, such as DNA tests.
“It’s not unusual for cases like this for a district attorney’s office to look into an in-depth review of the facts,” Feldmann said. “Obviously, we’ve wanted to ensure that everything was looked at before a charging decision was made.
“We’re still hoping that a decision not to charge is made.”
The sheriff’s office fired the 34-year-old patrol deputy April 15, less than two days after the allegations surfaced and the employee was placed on administrative leave. The deputy and the girl were involved in a school program together, sources close to the investigation said.
Officials have said they would not speculate on what charges, if any, could be filed against the man.
Colorado’s Criminal Code indicates that, depending on the circumstances, it is not a crime for a 17-year-old to consent to sex with a 34-year-old. However, it is a crime for an adult who is in a position of trust in a relationship with a child younger than 18 to have sexual contact with that child.
If criminal charges are not filed by the District Attorney’s Office, a civil suit still could follow.
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