CU Boulder police sergeant charged with felony stalking

BOULDER, Colo. -- A University of Colorado police sergeant has been charged with one count of felony stalking by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, the school said Wednesday.

Michael Dodson, who has been placed on administrative leave, has worked for the department for 21 years.

The department said the victim was another CU employee. When the department learned of the allegations, it asked the Longmont Police Department to investigate to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

"As chief, I have a duty to ensure the actions of all our employees are within policy and meet the expectations of our values,” said CU Boulder chief of police Ken Koch.

“When there are allegations of wrongdoing, we need to investigate those fully and be accountable for the findings. I am very concerned about the alleged conduct because it does not reflect the strong reputation of our department nor the character of our employees.”

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was a 24-year-old woman who is a dispatcher in the department.

The affidavit said the woman began working as a dispatcher at the beginning of the year and that Dodson initially told her he wanted to help mentor her on the job.

But the woman, who is married, said the 59-year-old Dodson, who is also married, told her he was attracted to her, that he felt "vibes" between them and that his "soul was drawn" to her.

The affidavit said Dodson emailed and texted the woman, and created a "secret handshake" as an excuse to touch her.

He also commented on her looks, and several times hugged her, kissed her on the head or gave her massages, according to the affidavit.

The woman said that in February, Dodson increased the number of emails and would text her during her shift. He also said he was doing patrol near her apartment to ensure she was safe.

The affidavit said Davidson began talking about meeting outside of work and about sexual topics. The woman reported the situation to her supervisor on March 5.

Dodson told detectives he did not want a romantic relationship with the woman, according to the affidavit.

A search of the woman's phone found 1,808 calls, 1,171 contacts and 831 chats between the two over a six-week period, according to the affidavit.