More people are coming forward with information on incidents that may be related to the local sexual-assault case that recently resulted in felony charges again two males, according to a news release issued jointly Tuesday by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Aspen Police Department.
The case that resulted in the Oct. 9 arrests of Keegan Callahan, 20, and a juvenile, age 17, involves the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl. Both of the accused offenders are in custody in lieu of cash-only $100,000 bonds. Prosecutors are seeking to charge the juvenile suspect as an adult in the matter.
“Detectives from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Police Department are collaborating on the investigation into recent alleged sexual assaults in the Roaring Fork Valley,” the release says. “Two individuals were arrested [Oct. 9] on charges related to sexual assaults that occurred in Pitkin County. Since then, a number of citizens have provided information to both agencies regarding incidents that may be related.”
The release says the two agencies are proceeding collaboratively. Investigators are developing leads, working closely with witnesses and focusing on the well-being of the victims, authorities said.
In addition to local Pitkin County law enforcement agencies, investigators and staff from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and command staff from the Pitkin County Incident Management Team are working on the investigation.
The release adds that two public events have been scheduled locally to help provide guidance and information to the public about the situation. The first event was scheduled for Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Aspen High School. The next one is slated for Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also at the high school.
“Various local resources, such as Response, Aspen Family Connections, Mind Springs Health and the Aspen Hope Center, as well as school district services, are available to assist parents with these conversations,” Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor said in a prepared statement.
Authorities note that a comprehensive list of Roaring Fork Valley adult and youth crisis, substance-abuse and mental-health services can be found on internet via the following link: pitkincounty.com/279/Mental-Health-Substance-Abuse.
Pryor added that he and Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo “acknowledge the community angst that can result from such crimes, and commit to working together to support victims in every way that we can under these challenging circumstances.”
“Now is the time for the investigation and judicial processes to play out and for crucial conversations to begin between parents and their children. Although difficult, Richard and I encourage all parents to start conversations with their children regarding their safety and how they can best protect themselves from sexual assault and abuse,” DiSalvo said.
Any member of the public with information that could be related to the aforementioned sexual assault case, or other incidents, should call (970) 920-5310, the release says.