Aspen winter resident arrested for sex offender violation
A Santa Monica, California, man arrested in May for running around naked in the street was taken into custody again Wednesday and charged with failing to register as a sex offender while living in Aspen, court documents state.
According to his regular Facebook posts police were able to access, Michael Quin Webber, 54, was in Aspen from December through May, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court. In fact, Webber was living in Aspen through July 3, Aspen police Detective Ritchie Zah wrote in the affidavit.
The Facebook posts average every day to every few days throughout the winter and spring, according to the affidavit and include check-ins at Aspen Mountain and numerous other locations throughout the area. In addition, the Aspen Skiing Co., provided the detective with Webber’s ski pass activity, which lists a total of 52 ski days at all four area ski mountains beginning Dec. 23 and ending April 23, the affidavit states.
Finally, a friend of Webber’s told the detective he’d been in town since December.
Colorado law stipulates that a registered sex offender from another state must register in Colorado if he or she spends 14 consecutive business days — about three weeks — in the state or a total of 30 days in one year, Zah said Thursday. Failure to register as a sex offender is a felony.
Aspen police, however, would not have known he was in town had they not received a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. May 24 concerning a naked man in front of the Gant Hotel on Aspen’s east side. An officer who arrived on scene reported that Webber walked up to him totally naked and reported that he was “seeing snakes,” according to a police report.
“Webber appeared extremely agitated,” Officer Walter Chi wrote in the report, also noting that Webber had white powder caked under his nose.
The officer gave Webber a blanket to cover himself with, ran his name through a database and found out he was a registered sex offender in California, the report states. Webber admitted to the officer that he’d rented an apartment in Aspen, which was later backed up by interviews with landlords who rented to him, according to the report and the latest affidavit.
Webber pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and was ordered to serve a year in the Marin County Jail in February 2007, according to a story from the Marin Independent Journal. He allegedly raped a 40-year-old woman Oct. 24, 2005, after going on a date with her in San Francisco, the story states.
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