by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — A trial date has now been set for a former sheriff’s office command officer’s trial on sexual assault charges.
On Friday, March 17 a plea hearing had been set in Third Judicial District court in Walsenburg concerning the charges against Kevin Vallejos, but the Clerk of Combined courts, Lorraine Cisneros, notified the press assembled to cover the hearing, the defendant had chosen to take the case to a jury trial.
The trial, involving three counts, has been set for September 25 through October 3, 2017 in district court for Huerfano County. A motion’s hearing is set for Friday, September 1, 2017.
Combined court officials said Monday the charges are sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust (victim under the age of 15) a class three felony; sexual assault on a child (a class four felony); and attempted sexual assault (overcoming a victim’s will) a class five felony.
The first allegations date back to 1998 and the attempted sexual assault charge (overcoming a victim’s will) was brought in May 2016. Vallejos was arrested August 24, 2016 and is currently free on a $100,000 bond.
Prior to his arrest Vallejos had been placed on paid administered leave from the sheriff’s office while the allegations were being investigated. His employment was later terminated by Sheriff Bruce Newman and not long after he was arrested at his Walsenburg home by state and local law enforcement agents.
Vallejos is a former sheriff’s captain and both Third Judicial District judges, and the Third Judicial District Attorney have been recused from the case. Special prosecutors and a senior Colorado judge have been assigned to the matter.
Theodor McClintock of Colorado Springs is the defendant’s counsel. Special prosecutors James Bullock, DA of the 16th Judicial District and Jack Roth of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office will present the case for the state. Senior Judge Richard V. Hall of Colorado Springs will preside over the criminal trial.
Information regarding the charges, in the narrative section of the affidavit written in support of the arrest warrant by Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents, remains unknown to the public as that agency requested the documents be sealed by the court. That request was granted by the court in an earlier proceeding.