Former youth services specialist arrested for felony sex crimes against children

Photo: Mesa County Sheriff's Office

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — A Grand Junction man was taken into custody Sunday night for multiple felony charges of sex crimes against children, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Brian Matthew Tate, 30, is accused of having unlawful sexual contact with two girls while a working as a youth services specialist at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

All of the victims were incarcerated at the time of the alleged assaults, the sheriff’s office said.

A youth at the facility reported an incident of abuse by Tate on July 28, the Colorado Department of Human Services said. The employee was placed on leave and fired shortly after.

Tate faces two counts of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, one count of sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, three counts sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, one count of criminal attempt of unlawful sexual contact and six counts of first-degree official misconduct.

The director of the Division of Youth Services said law enforcement is notified as soon as allegations of employee sexual abuse come to light.

Tate was an employee at the facility for less than a year, having been hired in December.

Tate is being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility without bond until his first court appearance.

The case is under investigation.