A Colorado police officer who forced a handcuffed woman to have sex with him was sentenced to 90 days in jail followed by four years on probation after admitting the sexual assault. His victim was left with PTSD.
The victim told Broomfield police she had gone to the emergency room at the same hospital the night before after “self-admitting for alcoholism,” an affidavit about the 2017 incident stated. Hospital staff called the police to report the woman had stolen something from the ER and Curtis Lee Arganbright, 41, was dispatched.
The hospital decided not to press charges and Arganbright agreed to take the woman home. It was on the way to her house that she says the sexual assault took place.
Arganbright stopped his Westminster police patrol car during the ride home, ordered the woman out of the vehicle, and forced her to have sex on the front while she was still cuffed.
He then made her perform oral sex on him before driving her home, warning her “she better not tell anyone about this,” and handed her his business card telling his victim to “call me sometime,” the affidavit said about the incident, which took place on August 24, 2017.
She returned the hospital the following day saying she had been sexually assaulted. Officers from Broomfield Police were called to the hospital to bring a rape kit.
Addressing the incident when it first came to light in August 2017, Westminster Police Chief Tim Carlson said Arganbright’s actions had a “devastating impact” on the officers working in his department, CBS Denver reported.
“The alleged conduct described in this arrest sickens my soul,” Carlson said. “That it describes the conduct of an on-duty officer in my department has left me numb. The impact on the victim in this case is something I can’t begin to imagine.”
Arganbright was arrested and, while he was suspended without pay, resigned from Westminster Police Department.