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Butt pincher faces sex assault charges

A Basalt man is facing a charge of third-degree sexual assault after allegedly pinching a female co-worker on her behind while the Snowmass Ski Area crew enjoyed after-work drinks at a local bar.

The woman, whose name was withheld by authorities, reported to police that her boss pinched her while she was bending over to put some quarters in a golf video game at Stubbies about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The alleged victim reported that the man said “something like, `Ohh, look at this'” when he pinched her.

“The victim said she was alarmed at this and stood up abruptly to protest,” said a report by the arresting officer, Steve Hopple. “When she did this her head struck [her boss] in the face.”

Hopple wrote that he asked the alleged victim if this had happened before and she said it had occurred several times on the job at Snowmass.

“The first time she told [the pincher] that she disapproved of the contact and let him know that there would be no further advances tolerated,” the police report said. “She said that on the next `several’ touches she reported [the pincher] to the Aspen Skiing Company. However, no action was taken by the company.”

The Aspen Times has decided not to name the man charged with the assault until further proceedings in the case.

The woman who was pinched said her boyfriend saw what happened and stood up to the alleged assaulter. The woman and her boyfriend discussed the incident while the alleged pincher left the bar with several friends.

“The victim told me that in talking to her boyfriend, she decided that these incidents had to stop,” the report said. “She stated she knew that he had done this to other women and she was sick of it. She said she felt upset and violated.”

The woman said she wanted to file charges, so Hopple and officer Kasey Kading went to the alleged assaulter’s residence, where they found him intoxicated.

“I asked him if he remembered the incident and he said, `No, but if that’s what happened I’ll have to talk to her. I guess I should say I’m sorry or something,'” the officer’s report said.

The man refused to say anything further and was issued a summons for third-degree sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 19 in Pitkin County Court.


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