FOUNTAIN, Colo. — On Monday, December 13, the Fountain Police Department reports that it dispatched officers in response to reports of harassment.
When they arrived to a home on Squirrel Creek Road, they found an adult woman with swelling and bruising on her face. Officers also determined the woman had been sexually assaulted.
They later identified the suspect as 62-year-old Dennis Hase.
Hase is a sexually violent predator who is already registered with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
He has prior sentences from crimes that occured from 1990 through 2016, to include: sexual assault on a child, criminal mischief, and attempted burglary.
This type of recidivism, according to Wanda Cabello, the Sex Offender Registrar for Fountain Police, is unusual.
“In the eight years I’ve been here, I’ve had two total that have been investigated for another sex offense while resgistered with our [police department],” she wrote. “One of these was Dennis Hase a few years ago. He was convicted and served time for that offense and was deemed a sexually violent predator by the courts.”
Cabello said her team strives to conduct in-home visits to confirm that offenders are relaying valid information.
But, she said, it’s been months since Hase was registered with the Fountain Police Department, according to Cabello. Hase is now registered with El Paso County.
Hase has been taken into custody and charged with sexual assault, assault in the third degree, and soliciting for prostitution.
His first appearance is set for December 22 at 8:30 a.m. in county court.