Youth coach faces child sex assault charge |

Youth coach faces child sex assault charge

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A local youth hockey coach has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a former player in the boy’s home.

Glenwood Springs Police arrested Brian Andrew King, 23, of Rifle, on Nov. 17 after the 12-year-old victim and his father reported to authorities that King allegedly sexually assaulted the boy while spending the night at their Glenwood home early the previous morning.

King was released from the Garfield County Jail on $5,000 bond following his arrest. He is due back in Garfield County District Court in early December to answer to a single count of sexual assault on a child.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by Glenwood Springs Police Detective Matthew Gronbeck, King, who was the victim’s former hockey coach as well as a family friend, was watching TV with the boy the night of Nov. 15.

The boy fell asleep in a sleeping bag on the floor around 1 a.m., while King was still on the couch, according to the affidavit.

About a half hour later, the victim said he awoke to find King on the floor with him allegedly fondling and “humping” him. The victim said he pushed King away, retreated to his room and locked the door.

In the morning, he said told his mother what had happened, according to the affidavit. The victim indicated that on one other occasion he caught King staring at him “in a manner that made him uncomfortable,” but that there had been no other instances of inappropriate touching.

The victim reportedly gave the same account to a Garfield County Sheriff’s detective during a forensic interview at the ChildHelp River Bridge Center in Glenwood Springs. The center assists in child sex assault and abuse cases.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said investigators were also looking into whether there may have been other incidents involving the suspect, but so far none had surfaced.

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