Steamboat police: Sexual assault report fabricated
September 1, 2010
Steamboat Springs — A reported sexual assault against a teenage visitor to Steamboat Springs earlier in the summer was unfounded, police say, after the girl reportedly said that the incident didn't happen.
The girl, who police describe as about 16 years old, had said that a man at the hotel where she was staying inappropriately touched her as she was visiting Steamboat with her family June 27.
She reported the incident through an advocate after she left town, and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers took the report July 6.
Detective Jerry Stabile said investigators initially had "a lot of questions and not a lot of answers."
Detectives used guest records from the hotel and identified a man who stayed in a neighboring unit as a possible suspect.
Before they could contact the man, the girl reportedly told a therapist she had made up the story.
Stabile said the girl was in a treatment facility in Denver.
Investigators were in contact with the girl's family during the investigation and as they determined it was unfounded.