Former Idaho Springs cop acquitted in assault case
December 5, 2014
On Wednesday, July 23, a six-person jury found former Idaho Springs Police Department Sgt. James "Jim" Vogt not guilty of third-degree assault.
During the trial, the alleged victim, Yamissia Wilkerson, 41, of Idaho Springs, told the jury her side of the story, said 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown. However, at the end of the day, the jury decided the district attorney's office did not meet its burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt an assault actually occurred.
Shortly after the district attorney's office filed charges against Vogt in November 2013, Brown submitted a motion recusing himself, but not his office, from prosecuting the case due to his professional relationship with the former police sergeant.
Deputy district attorney Bryan Garrett prosecuted Vogt, who was represented by Denver attorney Carrie Slinkard. The case was tried before Clear Creek County judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez.
On Thursday, Brown said he continues to think highly of Vogt and wished him luck in his future endeavors.
"I can tell you I have known Jim Vogt for many years and I know him to be a person of integrity," Brown said. "We wish Sgt. Vogt all the best as he continues to pursue his career in law enforcement."
What Vogt is doing now is not clear.
Following the alleged incident in September 2013, Vogt was placed on administrative leave. In January, Vogt resigned from his post as sergeant with the Idaho Springs Police Department, citing irreconcilable differences with chief David Wohlers, according to reports by the Clear Creek Courant. Vogt was a police officer with the agency for about 13 years, rising to second in command during that time.
Although limited in what he could say about the acquittal due to personnel issues, Wohlers said Friday the relationship between Vogt and the Idaho Springs Police Department is over. Wohlers was listed as one of the DA's witnesses, but he was not called to testify during the trial.
"From the feedback I've received, it's still clear there was an incident that occurred that was completely inappropriate," Wohlers said. "The DA could have filed a different charge, like harassment, and we may have had a different outcome, but it doesn't change that there was this incident at a day care that involved physical contact."
In addition to serving as a police officer, Vogt had plans to run for Clear Creek County Sheriff in 2014 on the Democratic ticket, but bowed out of the race long before the June primaries. Vogt ran for the office in 2010, but was defeated by then incumbent Don Krueger.
The Summit Daily News located Vogt's campaign website from 2010 and attempted to reach the former officer for comment by email. Vogt did not respond to that inquiry by press time.
Vogt was accused in September 2013 of assaulting Wilkerson at Carlson Elementary School, the Courant reported. The details of the alleged assault are unknown. Repeated requests for a copy of the CBI investigation have gone unanswered.
Calls to Wilkerson for comment also were not returned by press time.
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