Sex assault alleged at GarCo jail |

Sex assault alleged at GarCo jail

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Glenwood Springs police are investigating an allegation by a female inmate at the Garfield County Jail that a detention officer sexually assaulted her at the jail.

According to a report by Glenwood Springs police, investigators at the department are looking into “an incident involving inappropriate behavior between two individuals” at the jail on July 1.

The report lists four possible criminal charges: sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual conduct in a penal institution and first-degree official misconduct. No suspect name was listed.

The jail is run by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said it’s standard procedure to call in an outside agency to investigate allegations made against the sheriff’s department.

“It’s a matter of policy,” Vallario said.

He said an unidentified female inmate at the jail reported that a detention officer “had inappropriate sexual contact” with her on July 1.

That officer, also unidentified, was suspended with pay until the investigation is over.

“He’s not being disciplined,” Vallario said.

Once the criminal investigation is over and Glenwood Springs police decide whether there’s enough evidence to recommend whether charges should be filed, Vallario said he most likely will do an internal investigation on the incident.

“We’re allowing the criminal allegations to be investigated first,” he said. “The (Glenwood Springs) P.D. is actively working this.”

Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson declined to comment on the case because it’s under investigation.

Vallario said he hopes the investigation is finished in the next few days.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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