Colorado Supreme Court makes ruling in Routt County child sex assault case

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John Holland Brothers Jr.

— A ruling this week by the Colorado Supreme Court will allow a case to move forward against former Steamboat Springs Christian school teacher John Brothers, who is accused of sexually assaulting a boy.

The ruling addressed when Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht must decide whether the alleged victim in the case should have to testify at a preliminary hearing.

The Supreme Court’s involvement came at the request of the Routt County District Attorney’s Office, which is at odds with Brothers’ defense team about whether the alleged victim in the case should have to testify at a preliminary hearing.

Garrecht previously had ruled he would decide whether the boy would have to testify and be present at the preliminary hearing once the prosecution had presented its case. Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle explained Friday that the Supreme Court did not state whether the child must testify, but that Garrecht needs to make the ruling before the preliminary hearing starts.

Those involved with the case have waited a year for the court’s ruling. Brothers has remained in custody in Routt County Jail since he was arrested in Louisiana in April 2012. The District Attorney’s Office filed 27 felony charges against Brothers related to sex assault involving a child.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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