Former Fraser-Winter Park Police officer faces burglary, tampering charges
Winter Park, CO Colorado
WINTER PARK – An arrest warrant was issued Feb. 9 for Kyle Sandusky – an officer with the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department until he resigned Feb. 3 – on charges of 2nd degree burglary, criminal tampering and 2nd degree official misconduct
Sandusky, 27, turned himself in to the Jefferson County Jail on Feb. 9 based on the Grand County arrest warrant. He was freed on $10,000 bail at 10:17 p.m. the same day, according to jail officials.
The burglary charge is a Class 3 felony.
An investigator for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigated the potential crimes beginning Jan. 14 after Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor notified them of possible criminal activity. Trainor said Sandusky was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 14 as soon as department officials learned about the allegations.
The charges stem from incidents that began at a Winter Park restaurant/bar where Sandusky allegedly became intoxicated, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant. He later committed the crimes in Grand Lake, the affidavit says.
Sandusky will appear in Grand County Court to face the charges, although the dates haven’t been confirmed, according to DA Elizabeth Oldham.
Sandusky started with the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department in January 2011 soon after graduating from the police academy, Trainor said.
According to the affidavit, which was prepared by Doug Winters, a DA’s investigator, key events unfolded as follows:
Sandusky became highly intoxicated the night of Dec. 10 in Winter Park and his attitude began to worry his date, who lives in Grand Lake. The date insisted on leaving the party and drove Sandusky to his Fraser residence, where she left him.
When she arrived at her residence, she told investigators she noticed Sandusky getting out of his truck, which was partially buried in a snowbank about 100 yards from her residence, and he began approaching her residence.
Afraid, she hid while she contacted several people and then spent most of the night in her vehicle. Evidence collected later, according to the affidavit, supports charges that Sandusky broke into the woman’s residence through a dog door and spent the night there without her consent.
Sandusky later told investigators he was taking prescription medication intended to help him quit using tobacco and that he did not recall details from that night. The medication is not supposed to be taken with alcohol because it can cause erratic behavior, according to the affidavit.
This story will be updated on Monday and in the Wednesday, Feb. 15, Sky-Hi News.
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