Aspen man receives probation for harassing female tenants |

Aspen man receives probation for harassing female tenants

A 65-year old man who pleaded guilty this summer to making unwanted sexual advances on two young women who rented rooms from him was sentenced to three years probation Tuesday.

Alwin Knirlberger also must register as a sex offender, refrain from renting rooms in his home to women and stay away from children as part of his sentence, said Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. He also will have to comply with any treatment recommended by the probation department.

Knirlberger pleaded guilty to one count of attempted unlawful sexual contact in July. In exchange for the plea, prosecutor Sarah Talbott agreed to drop counts of prostitution solicitation and sexual contact without consent.

Aspen police arrested Knirlberger in February, after one of his tenants told them she came out of her room to give him a rent check and found him sitting in the living room “with his pants pulled down around his ankles,” according to a police report. A few days later, the woman decided to move out and asked Knirlberger for the rent back.

“I’ll give you $200 if you give me sex,” he told her, according to the police report.

The woman then walked outside and called police.

The woman’s roommate reported that Knirlberger touched her buttock while she was doing dishes around the same time. Three days later, Knirlberger entered the woman’s room while she was in bed, showed her an orange pouch and asked her if she wanted to use it, the report states. She asked what it was and he told her it was a condom, the report states.

The woman told Knirlberger to get out her room and later moved out.

Knirlberger’s main problem is drinking alcohol, said Beth Krulewitch, his lawyer.

“When he’s not drinking, he does not appear to have problems complying with the law,” she said.

Knirlberger will be allowed to rent the other half of a duplex he owns to a married couple who signed a lease two months ago, Fernandez-Ely said.

Knirlberger also will have to pay $518 to one of the woman who moved out of his home after prepaying rent, Talbott said.

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