Behavior analyst accused of assaulting an autistic child in Colorado Springs

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Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 5:54 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2021 at 6:08 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A certified behavior analyst accused of assaulting a child with autism in Colorado Springs was arrested in another state after he obtained his license to continue practicing.

Our 11 Call for Action team got involved, and now his license is temporarily suspended. We found out he left Colorado and got his license reinstated in Arizona while he was under investigation by Colorado Springs police. After the child’s mom and our Call For Action team reached out to the state of Arizona and CSPD, the suspect is now awaiting extradition to Colorado.

The suspect and his lawyer have not returned our calls.

Arrest papers state Brian Schaffer picked up the child at the Colorado Springs care facility and threw him across the room in August. The papers go on to say that Schaffer placed both hands around his neck for five seconds. The child told police he couldn’t breathe and thought he was going to die.

The owner of the facility sent 11 News the following statement on Aug. 30, before Schaffer was facing charges:

As 11 News was investigating the incident that happened in Colorado Springs, Schaffer went to Arizona and got his license reinstated for that state on Oct. 22. Three days later, the Colorado Springs Police Department issued a warrant for assault on an at-risk person.

Our Call For Action team reached out the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners; they told us they were unaware of the felony charges and held an emergency meeting. Online records show just last week, Schaffer’s license in Arizona was suspended for six months and then the board will review the suspension after that.

Schaffer was arrested in Arizona and went before a judge last week. Bond was set at $25,0000. In court, his attorney demanded an extradition hearing. As of Tuesday night, Schaffer is out on bond.

He will be back in court in Phoenix for an extradition hearing on Wednesday.

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