Man Accused of Raping Coworker in Longmont Hotel Room
Longmont police allege that a man raped a coworker in a hotel room after going out for drinks in April.
Online court records indicate that Rafael Vargas Jr., 36, is charged with one count of class 3 felony sexual assault.
An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that Vargas and the alleged victim were coworkers and went out for drinks in April. They agreed to rent a hotel room and had a brief, consensual sexual encounter once they arrived.
At some point during the encounter, the woman told Vargas she didn’t want to continue, and the two went to sleep in the hotel room. She told police, according to the affidavit, that she woke to Vargas forcibly having sex with her.
Once Vargas had gone to sleep, the woman left the hotel room. She told police she didn’t go to the hospital because she doesn’t have health insurance, according to the affidavit.
The woman sent Vargas a text message the following day that accused him of raping her, to which he replied that he was sorry, according to the affidavit.
When police attempted to speak with Vargas about six weeks later, they allege he became “tense, defensive and appeared angry” and refused to discuss the issue.
Vargas does not appear to have any criminal record in Colorado, according to online court records, but the arrest warrant indicates he was arrested in Hartford, Conn., in 2007 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and later convicted.
Connecticut court records indicate that Vargas was convicted in 2008 of felony “risk of injury to a child” stemming from a 2007 incident and sentenced to five years in jail with execution suspended after three months, and five years of probation.
He does not appear to be a registered sex offender, according to Colorado and national sex offender registries.
The sexual assault charge is subject to Colorado’s indeterminate sentencing law, which means Vargas could spend life in prison should he be convicted. Vargas remained in custody on Friday, according to Boulder County Jail records and is due in court on Tuesday.
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