Former Adams County sheriff’s sergeant convicted by jury of sex assault.

A former Adams County sheriff’s sergeant was convicted Monday by a jury of sexual assault.

Michael Benson, 34, was convicted of sexually assaulting a subordinate, a civilian employee of the sheriff’s office, in 2018, according to a district attorney’s office news release. Benson was also convicted of unlawful sexual contact after a six-day trial.

The victim testified that between February and July of 2018, Benson “spent an unusual amount of time with her at work and that his conduct included dirty jokes, flirting, and inappropriate comments in the workplace,” according to the release. Benson’s actions became increasingly aggressive leading to sex assault.

The victim, who planned to become a sheriff’s deputy, was “fearful that speaking out could damage her ability to become an academy cadet,” the release said.

The sheriff’s internal affairs unit became aware of the incidents and contacted the victim in September of 2018. Benson was fired and a criminal investigation by Commerce City and Brighton police began.

“Mr. Benson used his position of power to force himself upon a subordinate and sexually assault her.  Such a crime is outrageous on its face, but it is particularly reprehensible coming from a Sheriff’s Deputy,” said District Attorney, Brian Mason, in the release. “My office will prosecute those who commit these crimes without fear or favor, including when it occurs in a jail by a member of law enforcement. I applaud the victim for her courage in coming forward and am grateful to the jury for returning a just verdict.”

Benson is scheduled to be sentenced on April 7.

 

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