ADAMS COUNTY, Colorado — A lawsuit filed in Adams County court docket seeks prison prices in opposition to three police investigators and a prosecutor – accusing them of ignoring for a yr sexual assault allegations in opposition to a key witness within the homicide of a sheriff’s deputy, 9Wants to Know has realized.
That case, which entails allegations of repeated sexual assaults on a teenage lady by one in all her lecturers, is on the middle of the sequence of occasions that ended within the January 2018 killing of Adams County sheriff’s deputy Heath Gumm, in response to the go well with — a duplicate of which was obtained Thursday by 9Wants to Know.
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It’s not clear whether or not the go well with could have any impact on the prosecution of 23-year-old Dreion Dearing, who’s scheduled to go on trial in September on 4 counts of first-degree homicide, two counts of housebreaking, and prices of weapons possession by a earlier offender and assault.
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Adams County District Lawyer Dave Younger is searching for the loss of life penalty in opposition to Dearing.
The go well with was filed in opposition to Younger on behalf of a younger girl who alleged that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted – starting when she was 14 – by one in all her lecturers on the Denver Faculty of Innovation and Sustainable Design. The go well with was filed in an effort to compel Younger to prosecute three Adams County sheriff’s investigators and one in all his deputy district attorneys on prices of official misconduct and failure to report little one abuse.
Sue Lindsay, spokeswoman for Younger’s workplace, stated she had not seen the go well with and couldn’t remark.
“We don’t touch upon pending litigation,” stated senior deputy Mike Kaiser, a spokesman for the Adams County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Gumm was shot to loss of life through the investigation of a housebreaking and assault on the dwelling of Peter Aquino, positioned at 8771 Dawson St. in unincorporated Adams County.
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Will Jones, spokesman for Denver Public Faculties, stated Aquino was a instructor for the district through the 2013-2014 faculty yr after which labored as a contractor on the Denver Faculty of Innovation and Sustainable Design from Dec. 10, 2015 to Nov. 7, 2017. In line with the go well with, Aquino was a “poetry advisor” on the faculty, which is positioned at 840 E. 14th Ave. in Denver.
The go well with alleges that Aquino repeatedly sexually assaulted one in all his college students, starting when she was 14 years outdated, and that she and others went to his dwelling and attacked him on Jan. 24, 2018. Amongst them, in response to the go well with, was Dearing, who’s the lady’s cousin.
Gumm was shot to loss of life as deputies searched via yards within the space on the lookout for suspects.
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In line with the go well with, Adams County sheriff’s investigators Liliana Cano, Luis Hernandez, Mark Faulhaber and deputy district legal professional Jess Redman all realized of the allegations in opposition to Aquino throughout their investigation of Gumm’s loss of life, however did nothing.
In line with court docket paperwork, throughout an interview with the investigators, Aquino confessed to having had intercourse with an underage pupil. However the investigators instructed him they did not plan to pursue it.
“So all we’re excited by is our finish – and that’s the homicide,” Hernandez instructed him, in response to the go well with.
“Our intention isn’t to screw you over. Our intention is to get these those that have been concerned within the loss of life of one in all our officers,” Cano stated to Aquino through the interview, in response to the go well with.
In line with the go well with, the lady was in Aquino’s poetry class, and sooner or later he allegedly realized that the lady had been a previous sufferer of sexual assault.
That they had a sexual encounter in December 2015. The lady was 14 and Aquino was 24 on the time, the go well with stated.
In addition they exchanged sexually express images and started having intercourse in his automobile and in lodge rooms, in response to the go well with.
On Jan. 20, 2018, in response to the go well with, Aquino’s girlfriend realized of the assaults, and he or she began harassing and confronting the lady.
It was 4 days later that the lady and others – together with Dearing – allegedly went to Aquino’s dwelling and assaulted him and others, sparking the search that resulted in Gumm’s loss of life.
The alleged collection of sexual assaults wasn’t reported till March 6, 2018, after a social employee in Arapahoe County realized of them and referred to as Wheat Ridge police. That was greater than a month after Gumm’s loss of life.
Aquino was arrested Feb. 20 of this yr – greater than a yr after he allegedly confessed to the investigators that he’d sexually assaulted the lady.
He faces three counts of sexual assault on a baby and two counts of sexual exploitation of a kid.
The lawsuit seeks the appointment of a particular prosecutor to file prices of official misconduct and failure to report little one abuse – each misdemeanors – “in addition to different prices that this court docket deems applicable” in opposition to Hernandez, Cano, Faulhaber and Redman.
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9Wants to Know producer Zack Newman contributed to this report.
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