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2 black protestors arrested in Boulder during Saturday demonstrations

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Joe Harris the black protestor who cursed out Boulder PD two weeks ago landed himself in jail this time for spitting on a motorist and becoming combative during march.

Police arrested two protestors this afternoon during a planned march in Boulder.
The first protester was arrested after a motorist complained to police that the protestor spit on the motorist’s car. The protestor did not have any identification on him and gave the police officer his name and date of birth. The initial clearance indicated he was wanted on several warrants.

An officer arrested the protestor in the 2700 block of Pearl St. and attempted to transport him to the Boulder County Jail, but was surrounded by dozens of people involved in the planned march who blocked the officer from leaving the area.

At this time, another protestor, Joseph Virgil Harris Tolbert (DOB 11/23/1983), became combative with police and refused to cooperate with orders to clear the area around the police car which had been surrounded. Tolbert sat on the hood of the patrol car, preventing the police officer from leaving the area to go to the Boulder County Jail.

Tolbert fought with several officers as he was being arrested and continued to be combative in his efforts to resist being taken into custody. Tolbert was transported to the Boulder County Jail and faces charges of Resisting Arrest and Obstructing a Peace Officer.

Police have released the first protestor who had been arrested on the warrants. There was a miscommunication regarding his social security number and the warrants do not apply to him. He was cooperative during the investigation.

Tolbert has been released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.

The case number is 14-15862. No further information is available and nothing further will be released this weekend.

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Boulder Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

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sexual assault 122-year-old Brandon Lee Heginger (DOB 9/12/1991) was arrested in connection with a sexual assault and burglary which occurred in the 1000 block of Grandview Ave. on April 13, 2014.

Heginger faces charges of Sexual Assault, First Degree Burglary and Theft.

The female victim told police that she was home asleep in her bed when she awoke to an unknown male touching her inappropriately. She confronted the male, and the male left the residence.

The incident occurred sometime between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

Several items were missing from the victim’s apartment, including a roommate’s laptop and cash. Police were able to locate the laptop in Lakewood, CO and on Friday, April 25, 2014 they executed a search warrant in the 12100 block of W. Nevada Dr. in Lakewood, CO, the residence of Brandon Heginger.

Detectives interviewed Heginger, who admitted that after a night of partying with friends, he randomly chose the victim’s home, broke into it and sexually assaulted her.

The case number is 14-4528.

Heginger was taken to the Boulder County Jail. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

Source: City of Boulder

 

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Call It What It Is: Energy of Mass Extinction

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WILL HUMANS BECOME EXTINCT TOO?

by JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

 

 

It’s time for the public to start calling 19th century barbaric fossil fuels what it is: Energy of Mass Extinction. Dirty energy companies, including nuclear power plants, have been owned by a few rich white families from the start, which is why production of energy has remained in the Dark Ages even though clean renewable energy could have lit up the world easily, cheaply and without pollution twenty years ago. Given the latest advances in green energy technology, there’s absolutely no excuse for not legislating rapid shifts to clean energy by 2020.

Instead, world leaders, primarily the US government, not only serve as “barriers” to the advancement of green energy, they’re the fossil fuel industry’s sleaziest salesmen on earth: Big Oil pays for their seats on the Hill for the sole purpose of selling Energy of Mass Extinction to world markets. Oil executives are given an open door invitation to the White House any time and day of the week.

By contrast, lawyers that represent the public’s welfare and our environment are not welcomed, or they are put on a long waiting list. In short, the oil oligarchs operate from the White House where the polluters meet and draw up their plans. Judges are also owned by the oil firms. For example, read Buzzflash editor at Truthout Mark Karlin’s recent commentary about a federal judge that blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for turning a beautiful rainforest into a putrid toxic waste dump Thanks to a thoroughly corrupt US government, another victory for Chevron’s oil tyrants who don’t have to clean up the toxic sludge they leave behind after they’ve contaminated everything in sight for Energy of Mass Extinction.

A New York judge ruled against a Bolivian lawsuit seeking $9 billion in damages for destruction of the rainforest. In a statement, Chevron Corp. called the decision "a resounding victory for Chevron and our stockholders" and said any court that respects the rule of law will find the Ecuadorean judgment "illegitimate and unenforceable."

A New York judge ruled against a Bolivian lawsuit seeking $9 billion in damages for destruction of the rainforest.
In a statement, Chevron Corp. called the decision “a resounding victory for Chevron and our stockholders” and said any court that respects the rule of law will find the Ecuadorean judgment “illegitimate and unenforceable.”

 

 

In order to understand Obama’s plans for Energy of Mass Extinction, it’s worth reading two articles that appeared in the Rolling Stone: How the U.S. Exports Global Warming by Tim Dickinson. While Obama talks about shifting to a clean, green future, behind closed doors, he and his rich oil friends are selling tar-sands oil, black gunk refined to crude known as petroleum coke, which is denser and dirtier than burning coal—to world markets, mostly to China and Asian markets because it’s cheap fuel.

Too bad China won’t tell Obama to take his filthy tar-sands and shove it you know where, and that they’ll meet their energy demands with their advanced solar and wind technologies. But unfortunately, they’re buying it. And as long as there’s a demand, we will be doomed by these horrific decisions made by world leaders. Incidentally, “Hillary Clinton is even more supportive of the dirty-energy trade than the Obama White House.”

The second piece is Matt Taibbi’s The Vampire Squid Strikes Again. Thanks to deregulation going back to the Glass-Steagall Act under President Clinton, accelerated by Republican, Phil Gramm, banks have gone beyond financing dirty fossil fuel industries: they’re buying everything associated with the production of Energy of Mass Extinction for big profits.

When you read these two pieces together, you get a clear understanding of how oil firms, Wall St and the US government are buying and selling Energy of Mass Extinction in a blinding wheel of addiction to money while the earth is going up in flames. These people wouldn’t know a Redwood from a Palm tree. They’re completely divorced from nature. They are exactly what T.S. Eliot meant by the Hollow Men.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. hundreds of students are being arrested in front of the White House to protest against the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline. Although these kids stepped over the line deliberately to get arrested for the sake of drawing attention to tar-sands Energy of Mass Extinction, to my mind, they were arrested to protect the oil industry.

 

While these kids are going to jail for trying to save a beautiful planet that is doomed from man-made pollution, the oil criminals continue to poison our drinking water, oceans, rivers, lands, and our air at mass levels of destruction. Are they getting arrested? No, they’re being wined and dined at the White House. As for the oil-owned media, as Buzzflash editor, Mark Karlin, pointed out, a huge, oil-funded PR campaign has been launched to push Obama’s approval of the northern Keystone leg from Alberta, Canada to the southern Keystone pipeline for delivery to the Gulf where it will be sold to China and Asian markets.

For example, it was disconcerting to see that HuffingtonPost Green published Warren Buffet’s cheerleading article for the Keystone pipeline. It’s one thing to post it in the business section, but to promote Buffet’s big push for the worst carbon emitting pollution on earth in the environmental section seemed terribly hypocritical at HuffPost Green. There’s one significant point that Buffet failed to mention in his article: that he plans to profit from his investment in the Keystone tar-sands pipeline. That’s how PR works: convince the public that oil (tar-sands) is good for them, when in fact, it only benefits a few billionaires like Buffet at the expense of life as we know it.

In my last Buzzflash-Truthout commentary, Who’s to Blame for Recurring Chemical & Oil Disasters, I made a reference to Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book, The Sixth Extinction. Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker and also the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe. In The Sixth Extinction, Kolbert explains how our use of fossil fuels and the effects of climate change are creating a mass extinction of the planet. “We are effectively undoing the beauty and the variety and the richness of the world which has taken tens of millions of years to reach,” said Kolbert on a NPR Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross.

That’s why it’s important for the public to call dirty energy what it is: Energy of Mass Extinction; it’s a barbaric fuel that is sucking the life and light from our Planet Earth.

Dirty Energy is the real Weapon of Mass Destruction. These ruthless monsters are not going to change their ways as long as they can profit by the billions from annihilating the earth. Therefore, we must all make an effort to stop using and buying these deadly products to the best of our abilities. That’s what’s happening in Hawaii. Residents are opting out of the grid for solar and by doing so, making it impossible for the antiquated utility company (HECO) to stay alive. Read Hawaii’s top renewable energy advocate Henry Curtis’ piece U.S. Utilities Face Impending Doom with the Rise of Cheap Solar.

Jacqueline Marcus is a contributing guest writer for Buzzflash at Truthout.org; she’s the editor ofForPoetry.com and EnvironmentalPress.com and author of Close to the Shore by Michigan State University Press. Her E-book, Man Cannot Live on Oil, Alone: Time to end our dependency on oil before it ends us, is available at Kindle Books.

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Florida reporters win Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting

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Two Florida reporters have won the 2014 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program and the Denver Press Club.

The $2,000 Nakkula prize goes to reporters Megan O’Matz and database editor John Maines of the South Florida Sun Sentinel for their series, “Cops, Cash, Cocaine.” The piece uncovered a police department’s secret scheme to lure drug dealers to a small town, entangle them in a sting and pocket money from the operation.

 

Megan O'Matz wrote a story about corrupt police ripping off drug dealers

Megan O’Matz wrote a story about corrupt Florida police ripping off cocaine dealers

The award is named in honor of the late Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain News whose tenacity made him a legendary police reporter, according to award organizers. The contest has existed since 1991 and this year drew more than two dozen entries from major publications around the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Boston Globe and Newsday.

Five veteran reporters, who worked at the Rocky Mountain News before its closure in 2009, judged the contest. Most of the reporters worked with Nakkula.

“The Sun Sentinel’s report stood out for the sheer doggedness of the reporting and the sheer audacity of the operation the newspaper exposed,” said Nakkula award judge Kevin Vaughan, an investigative reporter for Fox Sports.

Reporters O’Matz and Maines found that the Sunrise, Fla., police department enticed drug buyers to come to town, arrested them, confiscated their cash and cars and kept millions in proceeds. The officers who participated also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay.

“ ‘Cops, Cash, Cocaine,’ was one of those stories that allowed Megan O’Matz and John Maines to deploy the skills they have become known for around here: piecing together bits of information, reviewing documents endlessly, talking to sources and checking things out in person. In other words: old-fashioned tenacity,” said Howard Saltz, Sun Sentinel editor.

“The result of their investigation not only revealed something that still boggles the mind when you read it, but served the community by forcing a highly unusual — and arguably dangerous — police operation to shut down,” he said.

O’Matz has received numerous state and national honors for previous work and was a 2006 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

Series co-reporter Maines has been a database editor for the Sun Sentinel for 16 years. He and a Sun Sentinel colleague won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Second place in this year’s competition was awarded to reporters John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their series, “Backfire.”

The judges also sent a special commendation to the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the depth and breadth of their work in 2013. The staff entered two major reporting projects in the contest.

For more information about the Al Nakkula award visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/al-nakkula-award/. For more information about CU-Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/.

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Suspect in nearly a dozen robberies arrested

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Boulder police have arrested the suspect investigators believe is responsible for a string of robberies in the city and in Boulder County. Alishan Yapoujian (DOB 11/23/1988) is in the Boulder County Jail after being arrested on a charge of Aggravated Robbery.

 

Boulder detectives have been working with other law enforcement agencies during the investigations. On New Year’s Eve, the Colorado State Patrol located the black Chevy Blazer that Boulder police were looking for in connection with a robbery at the Conoco gas station, located at 4742 Table Mesa Drive, and another gas station located in the county, which occurred on Dec. 29, 2013. The vehicle was located in Niwot, CO.

Robbery suspect Alishan Yapoujian

Robbery suspect Alishan Yapoujian

 

Detectives identified a male they believed was the getaway driver of the Blazer in the Conoco robbery. He was cooperative with police and investigators were able to obtain information about the robbery suspect, Alishan Yapoujian. Police are not identifying the suspected getaway driver at this time.

 

On Dec. 31, 2013, Boulder police partnered with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant of Yapoujian’s residence, along with a warrant for his arrest, in the 6300 block of Arapahoe.

 

Police believe Yapoujian is responsible for 10 robberies in the city of Boulder, as well as two other robberies in Boulder County. Those cases are still being investigated. The Boulder Police Department has been working closely with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, and it’s likely that more charges will be filed against Yapoujian. We also anticipate further arrests in this series of robberies.

 

Boulder police are grateful for the assistance of the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Lafayette Police Department and the Longmont Police Department.

 

Detective Kurt Foster is the lead investigator in the robbery cases. Anyone with information may contact him at 303-441-4329. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

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Perv arrested for assault and attempted car theft

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Boulder police arrest sexually violent predator in assault, attempted vehicle theft

 

Boulder police arrested Sean Christopher Jackson (DOB 10/12/1985) on the evening of Dec. 26, 2013 after an investigation revealed that Jackson was likely responsible for assaulting an adult female and attempting to steal her vehicle.

 

At 6:03 p.m., Boulder police dispatch received a call reporting an assault in the 1500 block of Easy Rider Lane (near the 1400 block of Lee Hill Road). A 44-year-old woman who lives in the neighborhood had parked her car on the street and gotten out to retrieve some belongings from the passenger side of the car. At that point, a male approached her from behind and demanded her car keys. He grabbed her coat with one hand and began spraying her with pepper spray with the other hand. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to run to her home where a roommate called police.

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The suspect fled on foot.

 

At 6:09 p.m., police dispatch received a call from a man saying that he’d been cut and needed help. The caller refused to give any other details to dispatchers. The man, Sean Christopher Jackson, was found in the area of the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express, located at 4777 N. Broadway (Lee Hill Road and Broadway). Jackson was bleeding profusely from at least one of his hands. Although officers tried to help him, he became aggressive and threatening toward the officers, who took him into protective custody.

 

The area where Jackson was found is approximately two blocks from the neighborhood where the assault and attempted car theft occurred.

 

Police responding to Jackson’s location on N. Broadway noticed a blood trail, which they were able to follow back to the 1500 block of Easy Rider Lane.

 

AMR transported Jackson to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his wounds. One of his hands suffered serious lacerations, which needed stitching. He was later taken to the police department for questioning, then to the Boulder County Jail after his arrest.

 

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for exposure to pepper spray, and later released.

 

Jackson was uncooperative with investigators. He faces charges of First Degree Assault, Attempted Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Robbery, Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Robbery and Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.

Jackson recently moved to Boulder, where he registered as a sex offender. Jackson is considered a sexually violent predator and the Boulder Police Department notified the public earlier this week, as required by state statute.

 

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Child porno a no no

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Local man arrested on child pornography charges

A 69-year-old man from Boulder has been arrested on several charges involving child pornography.  Renato Alfano (DOB 05/09/1944) turned himself in at the Boulder County Jail on an arrest warrant prepared by Boulder Police Department detectives.

This case began at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office during an Internet investigation they were conducting.  An investigator located a computer in Boulder which was sharing child pornography and then contacted Boulder police. The suspect was Renato Alfano.

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Police conducted a search warrant of Alfano’s home and found a number of child pornography files on the computer.  Alfano admitted to detectives that he viewed the child pornography.

Alfano will face charges in Boulder that include Sexual Exploitation of a Child (distribution of child pornography) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (possession of child pornography).

The case number is 13-9440.

Anyone with information about this case may contact Detective Jack Gardner at

303-441-1851. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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Escaped sex offender (now jailed) involved in other crimes?

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Police found large number of suspect stolen items 

Police officers in Boulder recently arrested escaped sex offender Eugene Felix Martinez (DOB 6/22/1965) in connection with a sex assault which occurred in the 700 block of Marine St. on Oct. 19, 2013. Boulder police charged Martinez with Sex Assault, Burglary, Theft and Attempted 2nd Degree Assault on a Police Officer.

 

Investigators tracked Martinez to a known transient camp and arrested him within one hour of receiving the report of the sex assault.

Suspect found in a transient camp

Suspect found in a transient camp

 

Police searched the transient camp and located a number of items which do not belong to the women who live on Marine St. Police have linked Martinez to one other sex assault and two additional burglaries in Boulder. Investigators are concerned that Martinez may have assaulted or burglarized other victims, who so far have not come forward.

 

Several photos of the items found at the transient camp are attached. The rest of the photos may be seen on the Boulder Police Department’s website. Click here to view them.

 

Police are asking the public to take a look at the photos, and to notify investigators if they recognize any of the items as belonging to them. Some of the property police found at the camp include:

 

·         A multi-use tool

·         A University of Colorado pendant necklace

·         Sheet music with handwritten notations

·         Keys

·         HP laptop

·         Ear buds

·         Pens, possibly for use by artists

·         Body lotion

·         Pioneer car stereo with box

·         Yellow and white makeup bag with makeup items and an asthma inhaler

·         Underwear

·         Tennis shoes

·         Ring

·         Bicycle

Anyone with information about these items, or anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Martinez, is asked to contact Det. Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

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Escaped sex offender arrested in Boulder on suspicion of sex assault, attempted assault and burglary

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Boulder police arrested a convicted sex offender on charges of Sex Assault, Burglary, Theft, Attempted 2nd Degree Assault on a Police Officer and an escape warrant out of Denver County after the suspect reportedly assaulted two female victims in the 700 block of Marine St. early this morning, Oct. 19, 2013. The case number is 13-13993.

 

Eugene Felix Martinez (DOB 6/22/1965) recently escaped from Denver police custody. It’s not known how long he has been in Boulder.

 

The initial call to Boulder police came from a 23-year-old female who was staying at the residence. She reported being awakened around 3 a.m. when she saw an unknown male rummaging through her purse then leaving with the purse, her wallet and her cell phone. She contacted police at 10:11 a.m. to report that her purse had been stolen during the early-morning hours.

 

While police were talking to the female who made the initial report another female, a 22-year-old resident of the home, told police that she had been awakened around 3 a.m. by an unknown male whom she believes may have sexually assaulted her and her 21-year-old female friend. Both women were sleeping in the same room. The 22-year-old victim said the suspect left when she confronted him. She did not contact police at the time of the confrontation. There was no sign of forced entry and the victims say they may have left their door unlocked.

 

The victims described the suspect as a male in his forties, with dark skin and baggy jeans.

 

Within an hour after being contacted this morning, police tracked the stolen cell phone to an area of a known transient camp in the 1400 block of Grandview Ave. An officer saw a male matching the description provided by the victims and contacted him. While the officer was talking to the suspect, the suspect tried to escape. The officer took the suspect into custody in the 1600 block of Arapahoe Ave.

 

Martinez was originally arrested about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at the Denver Greyhound Bus station at 1055 19th St. after police got a tip he would be there.

Officers took him to a room on the first floor of police headquarters where sex offenders go when they need to register or are arrested for failing to do so.

“So we brought him in, we handcuffed him to a bench area while we set up to do the interview about why he didn’t register. Subsequently the officer went to set up the (interview) room, “Jackson said. “(Martinez) was in an area where there were other officers, but he was able to escape the area and get out off his cuffs and escape the area.”

Martinez was originally arrested about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at the Denver Greyhound Bus station at 1055 19th St. after police got a tip he would be there. Officers took him to a room on the first floor of police headquarters where sex offenders go when they need to register or are arrested for failing to do so. "So we brought him in, we handcuffed him to a bench area while we set up to do the interview about why he didn’t register. Subsequently the officer went to set up the (interview) room, "Jackson said. "(Martinez) was in an area where there were other officers, but he was able to escape the area and get out off his cuffs and escape the area."

Martinez was originally arrested about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at the Denver Greyhound Bus station at 1055 19th St. after police got a tip he would be there.

 

The male attempted to assault the officer and has been uncooperative during the investigation. The suspect matches the description of the suspect who escaped from Denver police on Oct. 9, 2013.

 

The Boulder Police Department has been in contact with the Denver Police Department and both agencies are continuing their investigations. Boulder police detectives are also investigating to determine whether this suspect may have been involved in another sex assault that occurred in Boulder on Oct. 12, 2013.

 

Boulder police are asking anyone with information about these crimes or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this suspect to contact Detective E.K. Burke IV at 303-441-4483.  Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

 

 

 

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Sexual Assault at VineLife church in Longmont?

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Youth pastor arrested for alleged 7-year-long inappropriate relationship that started when the alleged victim was 15

 

A youth pastor at VineLife Church in Longmont, CO is facing charges after a Boulder police investigation revealed that the pastor was allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage church member. VineLife Church is located at 7845 Lookout Rd. in Longmont.

Jason Allen Roberson (DOB 12/25/1977) turned himself in at the Boulder County Jail on Sept. 4, 2013 after police issued a warrant for his arrest. Roberson faces charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and invasion of privacy. Roberson was a close friend of the victim’s family.

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The victim is a 23-year-old Boulder resident who told investigators that she and Roberson had an inappropriate relationship that began when she was 15 years old and which continued for seven years. She says she trusted him as an authority figure and spiritual guide, and felt uncomfortable disclosing the relationship to others.

The victim said during their relationship, Roberson touched her inappropriately and watched her undress by spying on her outside of her home in Boulder. Roberson allegedly admitted to this behavior when confronted by the victim and family friends.

The case number is 13-5204.

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