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Posted on: September 28, 2020

Westminster Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Multiple Women

(Golden, CO – September 28, 2020) District Attorney Pete Weir announced that charges have been filed against Joseph Gabriel Vaneck, DOB: 8-14-88, for allegedly sexually assaulting multiple women in unincorporated Jefferson County over the last six months. 

Vaneck appeared in court on September 25, 2020 and was advised that he has been charged with 18 counts, including multiple counts of Sexual Assault (F2); Sexual Assault (F3); Kidnapping (F2); Kidnapping (F4); Second Degree Assault (F4); and Menacing (F5). 

According to the arrest affidavit, on April 19, 2020 a young woman reported to Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies that she had been picked up in Denver and driven into the foothills west of Denver where she was sexually assaulted. Three additional women reported similar experiences in August and September, 2020.  Two of the woman were picked up in Denver and two were picked up along W. Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. 

Vaneck was arrested on September 18, 2020. He is being held at the Jeffco jail on a $1M cash bond.  He is due back in court on October 21 at 10:30 for preliminary hearing.

Investigators believe there may be additional victims in this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s).  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6

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