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).