Steamboat police officer charged with felony |

Steamboat police officer charged with felony

— Steamboat Springs Police Department officer Kristin Bantle, who was placed on paid administrative leave in June, has been charged with a felony.

The charge — attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony — was filed by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Bantle provided false information on an employment application submitted to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.

Bantle was issued a summons to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12. During the hearing, Bantle will be advised of the charge against her.

“A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.

Bantle’s legal representatives were not prepared to comment early Tuesday evening.

An affidavit for a search warrant related to the case has been sealed by a judge. The judge ordered last month that it be sealed for 30 days, which means it should be unsealed this week.

Bantle was placed on paid administrative leave after she was taken off her beat as the Steamboat School District’s school resource officer.

“Due to some new information that we have and subsequent investigation that is following, officer Kristin Bantle has been placed on paid administrative leave,” City Manager Deb Hinsvark said June 17.

Hinsvark said Tuesday that she was unsure at “this time what the resolution of our issue with officer Bantle will be.”

Following an internal investigation by the police department, Bantle was told June 8 she would no longer serve as the school resource officer. She was reassigned to the patrol division.

That investigation was the result of complaints made by Sheriff Garrett Wiggins and a deputy, both of whom have children in the Steamboat schools. At least one other parent reportedly complained about Bantle’s conduct to school administrators.

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

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