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Friday, December 24, 2010

Prosecutor Arrested, Again...

Suspended Montrose County DA Serra arrested again
The Daily Sentinel by Rachel Sauer - December 22, 2010

Seventh Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra was arrested again Wednesday, this time on allegations of harassment, protection-order violation and violating bond conditions, a felony. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which is conducting the investigation, accuses Serra of contacting at least one of his three accusers in an ongoing sexual assault investigation against him. “He violated his bond agreement,” CBI Agent in Charge Collin Reese said Wednesday evening. “Originally, when he was first arrested, he had imposed on him a condition for his bond, and he also had a protection order imposed, and he violated those agreements. That’s why he was arrested today.” Serra first was arrested Sept. 30 on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, official misconduct and indecent exposure. In November, he was charged with criminal extortion, unlawful sexual contact, three counts of indecent exposure, official misconduct and unlawful sexual contact. He is accused of victimizing several women who worked in the 7th Judicial District offices. A condition of his bond in that case, in which the preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 11, prohibits him from contacting his accusers or any witnesses in the case against him, or from entering 7th Judicial District offices. The Montrose Police Department arrested Serra on Wednesday, but declined to comment on the case because it is a CBI investigation. Serra was released on bond Wednesday evening. Montrose attorney Dan Hotsenpiller will take over as interim 7th Judicial District Attorney in January. Currently, the office is being run by Colorado First Assistant Attorney General Jean Woodford.

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