EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – An elected Colorado State Senator that represents El Paso County, has been charged with a class 5 felony, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
On August 3, the Grand Jury for the Fourth Judicial District returned an indictment on Sanford Edmund Lee, also known as Pete Lee. He has since been charged with “one count of providing false information as to his residence, a class 5 felony pursuant to C.R.S. §1-13-709.5.”
The Democrat has represented Colorado Springs since 2010, and is on several committees at the State Capitol. Lee will be in court for the first time at 10 a.m. on September 8.
UPDATE: According to the Associated Press, an attorney for Lee said he “vigorously denies the charge.” The indictment stems from an incident during the presidential primary in 2020, when Lee voted and allegedly gave false information about his residence.
UPDATE: Lee released a statement, Wednesday and said “I have been informed that Republican El Paso County District Attorney Michael Allen has alleged that two years ago I violated the voter residence law for voting in a district where he claims I did not reside. There is no accusation of voting at more than one location. I have just recently received the actual charge and have yet to obtain all pertinent information, so I cannot comment on the allegation. I have engaged counsel to evaluate the one charge and related issues. While the DA’s charge has no connection to my official duties as an elected official, I place great value in the trust that Colorado voters give to their elected officials and have spent my career working to uphold those ideals. Therefore, to avoid having my personal circumstances become a distraction, I have asked the Senate Majority Leader to replace me on the Interim Committees on Judicial Discipline and Behavioral Health in the Criminal Justice System,” said Senator Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs.