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Former Aspen Realtor pleads not guilty to assaults

Christine Dell'AmoreGlenwood Springs correspondent

BOULDER – A Glenwood Springs man charged with raping a women in Boulder pleaded not guilty Thursday to 10 counts of first-degree sexual assault.Bradford Wagner, 36, who once sold real estate in Aspen, appeared in a dark blue prison uniform and handcuffs in Boulder County District Court with defense attorney Kristan Wheeler.Wheeler entered the plea and asked Judge Daniel C. Hale for the case to go to trial. The prosecution expected the not-guilty plea, said Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Ken Kupfner.Wagner faces 10 counts in five alleged rapes occurring in Boulder between 1993 and 1998 – two counts for each incident. An additional two counts, called “sentence enhancers,” relate to a crime of violence and may lengthen his sentence if he’s found guilty. Wagner has also been charged with four counts of first-degree sexual assault in Jefferson County, including an unsolved 1994 rape in Lakewood. In addition, investigators have linked Wagner to a 1995 sexual assault in Austin, Texas.A real estate agent in Glenwood Springs, Wagner was arrested at his home office on the 1300 block of Grand Avenue on June 11. He was taken into custody after DNA was collected unknowingly from him by Boulder investigators and matched to a DNA profile developed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.Recent advances in DNA technology were able to extract DNA from Wagner’s handshake, bicycle handlebars and doorknob and compare it to DNA from victims’ sexual assault kits created in the mid-1990s.After a brief recess conferring with Wheeler, Wagner decided to waive his right to a speedy trial. The extension will give the defense time to prepare for trial following the filing of motions at the end of March 2005. Kupfner told Hale the trial will likely take five to six days, but Wheeler insisted the number of charges against Wagner and the involvement of DNA will make the trial complicated enough to last two weeks, the maximum time allowed by the judge. However, Hale seemed optimistic two weeks will prove unnecessary.”The last time we had a two-week trial, Mr. Kupfner did it in three days. He does have a different style,” Hale said.Trial is set to begin June 6, 2005, in Boulder County District Court.