John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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January 5, 2010
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Former Rifle wrestler receives probation in sex assault case

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - A Rifle High School wrestling star accused of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, received three years of probation Monday in Denver District Court.

James Conrardy, 19, of Rifle was sentenced to three years of sex offender intensive supervision by a Denver District Judge. Conrardy pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of third-degree assault in September as part of a plea bargain offered by prosecutors.

Conrardy was charged in May with unlawful sexual contact with force, a class four felony, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea deal, according to a Denver District Court Clerk official.

As part of the sentence, Conrardy is also prohibited from having contact with any person under the age of 18, and he will have to register as a sex offender, according to a Denver District Attorney's Office official.

Conrardy allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl in her Denver hotel room on Feb. 22. The alleged incident occurred after the state wrestling tournament that same weekend.

The complaint alleged that Conrardy entered the girl's room and touched her against her will.

Conrardy compiled a 42-2 record and won the 140-pound state title in February 2009. He also placed third at the state tournament in the previous three seasons. He is a freshman at Mesa State College in Grand Junction where he's a member of the school's wrestling team at the 149-pound weight class.">class="NormalParagraphStyle">

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