Two men arrested for sexually harassing younger women
In just the past week, Aspen police have arrested two older men for sexually harassing four separate younger women, according to police reports.
Alwin Knirlberger, 65, was charged Saturday with solicitation for prostitution and sexual contact without consent for allegedly sexually harassing two young women who lived in his house, according to a police report.
Then on Sunday, officers arrested Louis Koleszar, 60, and charged him with trespassing and harassment for making unwanted sexual comments to two women who work in downtown shops, according to reports.
One of the women who lived in Knirlberger’s home told police she came home from work Jan. 30, saw Knirlberger and assumed he wanted a rent check from her, the report states. She went into the bedroom she shared with another woman, got the check and returned to the living room.
“She said when she came out, Knirlberger was sitting in the living room with his pants pulled down around his ankles,” the report states. “She said he had on a long T-shirt, which covered his genitals.”
The woman walked away, thinking maybe he had forgotten she was coming back and wanted to “play with himself,” according to the report. But when she spoke to her roommate, she believed Knirlberger was acting sexually on purpose and decided to move out.
A few days later, she asked him for her rent back, and Knirlberger told her, “I’ll give you $200 if you give me sex,” the report states.
The woman said she went outside and called police.
The roommate later told police that Knirlberger touched her buttock while she was doing dishes Jan. 30. She asked him what he was doing and he backed away, the report states.
Three days later, the woman said she was in her bed with the door closed at about 9 a.m. when Knirlberger entered the room, showed her an “orange pouch” and asked her if she wanted to use it, according to the police report. She asked what it was and he told her it was a condom.
The woman told Knirlberger to get out of her room, and then she later moved out.
“Looking into Knirlberger’s history, it appears as though he has been accused of similar behavior previously,” the police report states.
Koleszar allegedly approached a woman taking out the garbage from a downtown shop Feb. 19 and told her “a man should be taking out her garbage,” the report states. The woman told him she was fine doing the chore, when he walked up behind her and put his hand on her shoulder.
Koleszar then told the woman he would rub her feet and give her an “organism,” before asking her if she had dinner plans, the report states.
“Yes, with my husband and children,” the woman said.
The woman said she was so scared, she closed the store early and was afraid to go back to work.
A woman at a nearby store told police that the same day, Koleszar entered her store and told her he “hasn’t ever wanted babies before but he does after seeing her,” according to the report.
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