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Affidavit: Colorado corrections officer sexually assaulted girl twice, claimed he wanted to ‘do a sting’

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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KRDO) -- We're learning more about the arrest of a 31-year-old Colorado Department of Corrections officer who's accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Fountain.

According to an affidavit for the arrest of Khurtis Maasch, he told police he randomly added the 14-year-old victim on Snapchat because he saw her pop up in his feed in November.

Maasch was using a different name on Snapchat and referred to himself as 'Jax' when talking to the girl. The affidavit says he quickly asked for nude selfies and asked her if she wanted to meet in person for sex. He told her that he was 18, and she told him that she was 14.

The affidavit says the victim did agree to meet with Maasch twice, and he sexually assaulted her in the backseat of his SUV parked down the street from Hibbard Park in Fountain.

After the second encounter, the girl told her friends that she suspected 'Jax' was older than 18, and she noticed that his profile picture was timestamped from four years ago. Maasch had sent her a message on Dec. 17 asking for a third encounter.

The victim told her parents about the two incidents, and that's when police got involved. While one detective was interviewing the girl, Maasch sent another message and tried to convince her to agree to anal sex in the backseat of his SUV.

Police were waiting for Maasch on Jan. 3, when he said he would meet up with her. He was taken into custody without incident and then taken to the Fountain Police Department for questioning.

Police asked if Maasch had added the victim, and he admitted that he did but said he only set up the meeting "because he wanted to 'do a sting' to teach parents and their teens the dangers of sexual predators," according to the affidavit.

One of the detectives, skeptical of Maasch's statement, asked him "why he would intentionally lure a 14-year-old girl into thinking he would have anal sex with her if he wasn't actually going to do it." Maasch claimed it was only for the sting and that he wasn't going to have sex with her. At that point, police told Maasch that the victim reported the two sexual assaults and said she could clearly describe the inside of Maasch's SUV.

Lieutenant Mark Cristiani, who works for the Fountain Police Department, says it's unfortunate to know that the suspect held a position of power.

"It bothers me that he was a corrections officer, but I don't know if it bothers us anymore than if it was just a regular citizen doing this," Cristiani said. "A predator is a predator in our minds. We handle the situation the same way."

Maasch has been charged with sexual assault on a child and internet luring of a child. Lieutenant Cristiani says Fountain Police pushed for the suspect to be held with no bond, but that decision is left to the courts. Maasch has since bonded out of jail.

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Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

Zachary Aedo

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  1. Unfortunately today, many teens get into the sort of behavior that’s beyond their ability to control when something like this goes wrong. And by then it’s sometimes too late. But at least this one predator is off the streets and I’m sure the girl has learned something from it. Hopefully she will spread the lesson learned to some of her friends…

    1. They won’t even know. Once convicted (if he doesn’t jump bail), he will be sent out of state via the Interstate Corrections Compact.
      Like Chris Watts was.

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