A 21-year-old U.S. Air Force cadet is currently facing felony sexual assault charges, as well as two other felony charges, for allegedly raping another cadet last year in Boulder County. According to the police report associated with this case, the suspect has been charged with three Class 3 felonies, including:
- Sexual assault of a physically helpless victim
- Sexual assault on a victim incapable of assessing her condition.
Given that the three above-listed charges are all “extraordinary risk crimes” in Colorado, if convicted on all three Class 3 felony charges, the cadet, who has been released from custody on $20,000 bail, could face up to 32 years in prison on each count.
Details of the Sexual Assault Case
As the police report for this case explains, the alleged victim and the charged cadet had driven to Boulder in November 2014 to party. Both individuals report imbibing significant alcohol and becoming drunk. As the victim in this case has told police, she has a “high tolerance” for alcohol, believes she was drugged and had bad memories of some type of sexual assault happening to her later in the evening.
According to Boulder police, DNA evidence collected from the victim during a sexual assault examination by medical professionals matched the suspected cadet’s DNA.
Complicating the details of the case, the charged cadet has stated over the course of multiple interviews with police that he didn’t have sexual contact with the alleged victim and that he “really doesn’t believe it was possible.”
Sexual Assault Defense May Come Down to He Said-She Said Case in Court
While the DNA evidence against the accused man in this sexual assault case is compelling, it’s not necessarily definitive proof that a sexual assault occurred. In fact, it may be possible (depending, of course, on the other details of the case) for the defense to contend that:
- The sexual contact between the two was consensual.
- The alleged victim’s impairment has led to memory issues regarding what occurred.
- The credibility and character of the accused man should be considered in the context of this case.
Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Lawyers at Kohn Law Firm
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