Former Idaho Springs police sergeant to stand trial in assault case
Ryan Summerlin July 22, 2014
A former Idaho Springs police officer is scheduled to stand trial Wednesday, July 23, in Clear Creek County Court for allegedly assaulting a woman.
James “Jim” Vogt faces one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from an undisclosed incident in September 2013 in which he allegedly assaulted an Idaho Springs woman. The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed formal charges in November 2013.
Because Vogt was a police officer at the time of the incident, the investigation was outsourced to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
However, details about the alleged incident remain unclear, as attempts to acquire a copy of the CBI investigation have been unsuccessful. Calls to Susan Medina, CBI spokeswoman, were not returned by press time.
Vogt was discharged from the Idaho Springs Police Department sometime in early January, said Chief David Wohlers.
But Wohlers declined to comment about Vogt’s firing because he is a potential witness during Wednesday’s trial. Wohlers also said he was barred from discussing the details of Vogt’s departure because it’s a personnel issue.
Vogt, a native Coloradan, holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and has served in law enforcement for 25 years, according to his website www.voteforvogt.com. Fourteen of those 25 years were served with the Idaho Springs Police Department, where he rose to the rank of sergeant, or second in command of the agency. Vogt was a candidate in 2010 on the Democratic ticket for Clear Creek County sheriff, falling to the incumbent, Don Krueger. Vogt was an early contender for the 2014 election, but he pulled out before the primary race. Maj. Rick Albers, of the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, filled the void left by Vogt and ran uncontested as a Democrat during the June primary.
Vogt’s one-day jury trial begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday in county court before Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez. If convicted, Vogt faces a sentence of six to 18 months in the county jail and up to a $5,000 fine, according to Colorado statutes.
He is represented by Denver attorney Carrie Slinkard. Deputy district attorney Bryan Garrett is prosecuting Vogt.
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