A former Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office deputy is under investigation for alleged sexual abuse that occurred during a traffic stop last November.
Montezuma County court records show former sheriff’s office Sgt. Darrin Harper was called to the 1300 block of Mildred Road on Nov. 1, 2012, to assist with a DUI drug case. Following his investigation, Harper charged, arrested and searched the 52-year-old female driver of the vehicle.
In his written report — which was missing from court records but provided to the Cortez Journal by the defendant — Harper stated that based on his training and experience as a drug-recognition expert, he believed the driver was “under the influence of something.”
The driver claimed in a written complaint she said she filed Jan. 28, 2013, with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office, that during her apprehension at the scene, she requested a female officer to search her person. The request wasn’t granted, and the driver stated in her complaint that Harper “fondled my breast and felt my inner thighs.”
When Harper’s employment with the sheriff’s office was terminated earlier this month, the woman contacted the Journal and provided a copy of the complaint, which was dated Jan. 28.