COLORADO SPRINGS — Someone in Adams County has been cited for official misconduct after leaking Letecia Stauch’s arrest affidavit, according to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The DA’s office did not release the suspect’s name or position. They said the person does not work for the court system but does have a login to get into the court system. Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen said the person is not associated with the Stauch case.
However — FOX21 has confirmed the employee worked for the city of Brighton and was a Paralegal / Executive Administrator in the city attorney’s office. Her name is 53-year-old Sherie Farstveet, according to Brighton’s Public Information Director. She has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
“The affidavit in the Gannon Stauch case was sealed for a reason, the reason included is to protect the integrity of the investigation as it contained information only known to law enforcement and the person involved in that investigation, but it was also sealed to respect Gannon’s parents and relatives,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen explained.
Prosecutors allege the suspect accessed the affidavit, knowing it had not been made public, and released it to a website that tracks crimes. According to the DA’s Office, the affidavit had been leaked online on April 3. The FBI was notified by the Gannon’s family that the affidavit was online.
Allen said a judge had planned to unseal the affidavit a week after it was leaked, but they wanted a chance to show it to the Stauch family and answer their questions first.
“That was very troubling, that is not what we wanted to have happened, we obviously wanted to talk to the family before it was leaked, show them the document and answer their questions but they were deprived of that opportunity and that’s the worst part of this whole thing is that it violated the respect that they should be shown as victims in this case,” Allen added.
The person accused of leaking the affidavit will appear in court July 6 in Adams County. The 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young will be prosecuting this misdemeanor case. Official Misconduct is a class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by 3 months to 364 days in jail, a fine of $250 to $1,000, or both.
Letecia Stauch next court appearance is on June 5 and June 8. The prosecution will be sharing evidence to the judge to show they have enough evidence to move towards a trial.
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