Alberni man charged with sex assault

A Port Alberni man has been charged with six counts of sexual assault said to have occurred last fall in a Denver hotel.

A Port Alberni man has been charged with six counts of sexual assault said to have occurred last fall in a Denver hotel.

According to Colorado court documents, Colby James Messer, 30, assaulted a 27-year-old female victim late at night on Nov. 14, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver. Three other men from Vancouver Island are also considered suspects in the investigation.

In statements to the police, the victim said she had been drinking with Messer and several of his companions before ending up in the hotel room, adding that she did not know how she got there.

The victim told police that she was left bleeding after being assaulted with several objects in the hotel room. She left the hotel room and went to a hospital, where she reported the assault to the Denver Police Department.

Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough stated that  Messer was arrested on March 4 in Las Vegas upon returning to the U.S.

Messer waived his rights to extradition and appeared in in the Denver County Courtroom on March 23 for his first advisement.

Editorial note: An earlier version of this story had the assault occurring in the Grand Wyatt Hotel. The name of the hotel is the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the story has been updated to reflect this.

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