Lawyer For Officer Charged With Sexual Assault, Child Porn Releases Statement


The lawyer for CSPD Officer Joshua Carrier, arrested on allegations of sexual assault on children and child pornography, has released a statement Friday. The text of the statement is below.

“Mr. Carrier is saddened and confused by the allegations which have been made against him.

He is confident that the judicial system will ultimately resolve these very public and inflammatory charges in a fair and just manner.

This can only happen however, if the American system of justice is allowed to work as designed based on competent evidence, and the rule of law, not media reports, rumor, innuendo, speculation, or fear.

Sadly many in this community have already formed strong opinions on matters about which they have no knowledge.

Thankfully, those who know him remain faithful of his respect for the law and outstanding character.

While the government has made very serious allegations, it is now their obligation to come forth and prove them in a court of law.”

Carrier was re-arrested Thursday for sexual assault on children. CSPD says they believe there are multiple victims. A news conference was held Friday to release additional information.

Police arrested 30-year-old Carrier on May 11 on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a class 4 felony. At that time investigators had information that suggested Carrier’s actions were limited to the purchases of commercial child pornography photos.

Since then, they've gathered more evidence to suggest that Carrier had unlawful sexual contact with minor children. As of this May 19, the Crimes Against Children Unit has identified multiple victims. In the news conference, police say the allegations began on March 28 and the investigation began. As a result, five juveniles came forward with allegations of inappropriate contact with them.

Carrier was re-arrested Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Carrier has since been charged with five counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Carrier's video advisement hearing was Friday afternoon. His representation asked for a bond reduction, saying that Carrier is not a flight risk and not a danger to the community. But the judge disagreed, saying the warrants prove otherwise. The judge denied the bond. Carrier remains in jail with bond set at 500 thousand dollars. Carrier will appear in court on May 24 for the child pornography charges. A court date for May 26 is set for the sexual assault of children charges.

In the news conference Friday, CSPD Police Chief Myers says this situation "brings sadness, hurt and betrayal for the men and women of CSPD who have sworn an oath and wear a badge with honor."

District 11 School Superintendent Dr. Gledich also spoke at the news conference saying the district is saddened by the news. Carrier was a school resource officer at Horace Mann Middle School in D-11. Several male students on the wrestling team at Horace Mann have made allegations against Carrier, saying he inappropriately touched their private areas at school when he told them he was checking for ringworm. Police will not say whether these five charges of sexual assault on a child are a result of those allegations made by the students at Horace Mann, or are in any way connected.

Carrier was booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center, and his bond was set at $500, 000.00. He remains in jail Friday.

CSPD says Carrier will remain on paid administrative leave, but all police property, badges, and responsibilities have been taken away from Carrier. If formal charges are filed by the El Paso County District Attorney’s office, CSPD will closely follow Civil Service rules and will begin the process to suspend Carrier without pay. For additional information on the civil service rules relating to this matter please refer to Rule 8 of the Civil Service manual, click on the link below.

This is an ongoing investigation, and an investigation that involves allegations of the unlawful sexual contact of minor children. As a result, CSPD is very limited on what information can be publicly released.

CSPD asks anyone that has information about this investigation or believes their child is a victim to call investigators at 444-7509. If you have already contacted investigators but have not been interviewed investigators will be contacting you soon. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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  • by Robert Location: CS on May 22, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    Cops = Scum. Case closed!
  • by Waiting Location: Colorado Springs on May 21, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    As a parent myself, I find this story disturbing and disgusting. What this officer is accused of is heinous in it's nature, but to blame the school for his actions? He was a police officer for crying out loud. I'm not saying that he did or didn't commit the crime, but I'm not casting the first stone. But to point the finger at ANYONE other than the accused is obsured. The school checked his credentials: He's a cop. So back off of the school. As hard as ANYONE tries, NOTHING is EVER gauranteed safe or secure.
  • by Friend on May 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    If anyone has ever had ringworm, you know it is highly contagest and spreads easily. During wrestling season, ringworm is very popular. My son was a wrestler during these alleged incidents and he had a spot on his midrift. Officer Carrier brought it to my attention. It turned out to be a rash. Officer Carrier is also an EMT and was doing what any coach is suppose to do when ringworm is involved, check it out. If he checked where these boys said he did, then it was probably the boys who mentioned it to him. The courts will decide the truth. Unless you know for a fact that he is guilty, then you should keep in implications of wrong to yourself.
  • by razzle on May 21, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    Maybe A.J. and Billy will be nextand have the hatchet fall on them
  • by MaryJ Location: Springs on May 21, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    Wether this man is guilty or not, a big part of the blame for this whole mess lies with those in charge at Horace Mann Middle School. In this day and age, who allows ANYBODY to be alone with a child and "Check" them for ring worm? The parents should have been theones to check their children, or at the very least, the school nurse with another adult present. Sounds to me like this man was WAY too involved with the kids at this school and that should've set off alarm bells with the staff.
  • by Q Location: Peyton on May 21, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    I am not defending Officer Carrier or judging him. Robyn your post tells me that anyone feels that he should remain innocent until proven guilty or is defending him in any way must have skeletons in their closet. Really??? I had charges against me a few years ago, was completely innocent and not only were charges dropped but it was suggested by an assistant DA that I sue my neighbor for attorney fees and I considered suing The Gazette for slander. I did neither. I walked away instead knowing that I was the better person BECAUSE I was honest. I don't know if Officer Carrier is guilty or innocent nor is it my place to judge. It's not yours either.
  • by acme pie co Location: 10th st on May 21, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    kktv has the worst headline, " sentence structure " ever seen. I'm almost certain English Depts all over the place regret giving passing grades to some.
  • by NAMELESS Location: COLORADO on May 20, 2011 at 11:55 PM
    I was raised with the phrase"Don't believe EVERYTHING you see and only half of what you read" The reporters are only reporting what they are given. There are many people released from jail that were proven guilty but futher evidence had proven them innocent. There does not have to be a whole lot of evidence to get an arrest warrant folks. Set ups also happen everyday example how many cops have been set up and killed by fellow cops just because they were because of race or sexual orientation? If he did the crime and the State can prove it then punish him, but if he is not guilty and the State can't prove it BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, due to the media coverage this Officer is pretty much up the creek. I have a child in Middle School, and one that worked at the haunted house also and never once have either of my children said This officer was out of line. I have to say I will protect my children but I want to see the evidence before I convict this guy. I know it's frustrating but let the leagal system do it's job and pray for jury duty if it comes to that because I would love to be on that jury just so I know this Officer gets a fair trial. We as parents always want to rush to judgement but sometimes we need to look at the entire picture.
  • by Epic Fail Location: COS on May 20, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Even as the charges are being denied, you manage to put a call for victims to come forward. Of course in fairness, will you now run the denial when cpsd releases additional information? Probably not. Please don't reply Leslie, you once asked for an example, here is one of many. American journalism has always been sacrosanct throughout the world. It is often called the fourth estate, but though I find this subject and Officer Carrier repugnant, I find your willingness to participate in this way a greater stench. You have given more airtime for this than for the murder/suicide and shooting of that poor woman in the hospital. Censor this if you must, but your actions are speaking much louder than your pathetic reach for relevance.
  • by Robyn on May 20, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    You'll be back Robin, you love to see what people are posting too much. KKTV should win an award of excellence for keeping this monster of a molester in the spot light. What he has done has potential to cause wide spread damage throughout our community. Imagine the civil law-suits that come out of this towards the District, the PD and the City, not to mention anyone else that may or may not be listed on said law-suit. Children will be dealing with the fall out of this pariah for decades to come. Thank you KKTV for keeping us up to date, and thank you Lord for allowing America the freedom of speech. For those of you who are moaning about him not getting a fair shake what are you hiding in your closet that you would come to his defense? Forgive and move on is all...
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