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Sex assault suspect faces new charges

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A Glenwood Springs man charged with raping women in Boulder and Lakewood waived his right to a preliminary hearing based on two new charges of sexual assault TuesdayBy Christine Dell’AmoreSpecial to the Post IndependentA Glenwood Springs man charged with raping women in Boulder and Lakewood waived his right to a preliminary hearing based on two new charges of sexual assault Tuesday.Brad Wagner, 36, appeared before Judge Daniel C. Hale in Boulder County District Court in a dark blue prison uniform, answering affirmatively to Hale’s question of whether he “intelligently and voluntarily” waived his right to a preliminary hearing.Prosecutors filed a motion in October to bring two new counts of sexual assault against Wagner, and Tuesday received no objection from the defense, according to Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Ken Kupfner. The two counts are based on new Colorado Bureau of Investigation DNA data linking a Oct. 22, 1993, case of sexual assault in Boulder to Wagner.Wagner now faces 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault for five rapes occurring in Boulder between 1993 and 1998 – two counts for each incident. An additional two counts, called “sentence enhancers,” relate to a crime of violence and may lengthen his sentence if he is found guilty.Wagner also has been charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault in Jefferson County. In addition, investigators have linked Wagner to a 1995 sexual assault in Austin, Texas.A new real estate agent in Glenwood Springs, Wagner was arrested at his home office on the 1300 block of Grand Avenue on June 11 after DNA collected unknowingly from Wagner by Boulder investigators matched a DNA profile developed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Recent advances in DNA technology enabled police to extract DNA from Wagner’s handshake, bicycle handlebars and doorknob and compare it to DNA from victims’ sexual assault kits created in the mid-1990s.Wagner’s defense attorney, Wil Smith, has said before that Wagner will plead not guilty to the charges.His arraignment is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Boulder County District Court. His arraignment is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Boulder County District Court.


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