Police: Aurora sex assault suspect posed as officer

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Composite drawing of Aurora sexual assault suspect

Composite drawing of Aurora sexual assault suspect

AURORA, Colo. — Aurora Police say a man suspected of sexually assaulting a massage therapist led the victim to believe he was a police officer.

They are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest and conviction.

“Immediately after the assault, the suspect “flashed” a badge to the victim and told her not to bother calling the Police because he was an officer,” says police spokesman Frank Fania.

“During the course of the investigation, detectives uncovered information giving them reason to believe a suspect using the same M.O. may have assaulted another woman in a neighboring jurisdiction.”

Fania says they’re unable to confirm that information because of the reluctance of the victim in that case to report the crime.

On March 12, a female employee of a massage business told police the suspect had been in for a massage earlier in the day. He left without incident.

Shortly before closing time he returned and requested a second massage session. The victim reluctantly agreed to provide it.

Fania says once she started the therapy session, the suspect demanded that she perform sexual acts and she refuse. He then forcibly raped her.

He’s described aw a White or Hispanic man, late 30s to 40s with short, black hair. He’s also described as muscular and in good physical shape.

The $5,000 reward offered by Aurora Police is in addition to $2,000 offered by Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Rudy Herrera at (303) 739-6250 or Detective Steve Crowe at (303) 739-6153 with any information. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).