Monarch Mountain Sex Assault Suspect Arrested

Allegedly attacked two girls over two weeks

Jan 7, 2015
Outside Magazine

The unnamed teenager allegedly tried to assault two separate girls riding Monarch Mountains' lifts alone.    Fort Carson/Flickr

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 15-year-old male on Tuesday in connection with two recent sexual assault attempts on teenage girls at Monarch Mountain, according to the Denver Post.

Officials told the Post that they will file charges against the teenager, who has not been named. Charges include felony menacing, aggravated criminal extortion, enticement of a child, false imprisonment, two counts of criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, two counts of criminal attempt to commit second-degree kidnapping, and harassment.

The sheriff’s office first publicized the assaults late last week to a barrage of public criticism. Visitors expressed their outrage that neither Monarch Mountain Colorado Ski Resort nor law enforcement authorities had issued public alerts of the incidents until the holiday ski season had subsided.

The investigation is ongoing. Officials told the Post that they don’t expect to make any more arrests at this time.