A Weld County man will not be facing charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404) after an accusation from a sixteen year-old girl. Unlawful Sexual Contact can be a felony sex crime and is treated severely in Denver, Jefferson, and Douglas County. The accusations made the news all over Colorado and Larimer and Arapahoe County when the girl messaged her mom over Facebook that she was in trouble and told her mom to call the police. The girl had been missing for two days. But before authorities found her, she escaped while her “kidnapper” slept.
The Weld County District Attorney's Office has decided that there are too many parts of her story that do not add up and issued a statement that they would not be able to make the deadline to file charges. They released the man from jail where he was being held after his arrest. They will continue to investigate and may file charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact if their investigation turns up solid evidence.
Currently, authorities are working with statements from each of the parties involved. The girl insists that the man pulled her into his car through a window, threatened her with a gun, and touched her inappropriately. The man said that the girl freely got into his car, said she was eighteen, and that the only contact between them was hug.
This would not have been the first time a teenage girl has lied to get out of trouble, and it won't be the last. Perhaps she had decided to run away, then had second thoughts but was afraid of returning home, instead concocting a story of being kidnapped so she would be welcomed back and avoid punishment. There is a presumption of guilt in the minds of police and prosecutors in Aurora and Adams County. Prosecutors in the court systems have little sympathy for men accused of a sexual crime. This man is lucky that he was released and no charges were filed. He should retain an attorney quickly, however, as the case is still being investigated with the possibility of future charges.
If police contact you or arrest you for a sex offense or crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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