Embattled jail guard fired | PostIndependent.com

Embattled jail guard fired

Greg Masse
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Garfield County Jail detention officer investigated for alleged sexual assault of a female prisoner was fired Aug. 18 by Sheriff Lou Vallario.

The detention officer, whose name was not released, was accused of having sexual relations with a 28-year-old inmate at the jail on July 1. The Glenwood Springs Police Department investigated four possible criminal acts: sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual conduct in a penal institution and first-degree official misconduct. The department then supplied its findings to 14th Judicial District Attorney Bonnie Roesink’s office.

Roesink – who was handed the case by 9th District Attorney Mac Myers to avoid any conflicts of interest – determined that the charges wouldn’t be prosecutable.

Vallario then initiated an internal administrative investigation.

“He declined to answer questions I asked him, so I terminated him,” Vallario said.

Vallario said because no criminal charges were filed, he’s not allowed to release the detention officer’s name.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.