A Colorado man wanted on 131 sexual assault charges was arrested in Ecuador last week after fleeing the U.S. in 2016 while released on bond.
Peter Dettmer, 68, was arrested in Cuenca, Ecuador, on April 27, news outlets in Ecuador reported. Law enforcement in Colorado confirmed Monday that Dettmer was arrested in connection to a 2016 case out of Jefferson County.
“This has been a lot of work over the last few years to get this individual into custody, so this is pretty significant for our agency,” Golden police Deputy Chief Joe Harvey said.
Online court records show Dettmer faces 131 charges, including sexual assault where the victim is physically helpless, and charges related to taking a photo of someone’s intimate parts without permission. More information about the alleged assaults was not immediately available Monday. Harvey said all the allegations were related to sex crimes.
The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office declined to provide more details about the allegations or provide Dettmer’s arrest affidavit.
Dettmer was arrested in Colorado on June 10, 2016, on the charges and entered a plea of not guilty on Aug. 29, 2016, court records show. He then failed to appear for a trial scheduled for Jan. 23, 2017.
“It was disappointing when the gentleman was able to post bond and then next thing you know, he’s gone,” Harvey said.
Video recorded by the news outlet Informados Ecuador shows members of the country’s national police arresting Dettmer at a building in the city of Cuenca. The news outlet reported Dettmer was then transported to Quito, Ecuador’s capital.
Colorado law enforcement officials are now working to extradite Dettmer.
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