Zachary Vincent Myers, DOB: 3-3-94, was sentenced to prison for 18 years to life for sexually assaulting a young teen on a hiking trail near her house. Following his trial in December 2017, a Jefferson County jury found Myers guilty of nine counts, including Sexual Assault – Force; Sex Assault Child; Stalking; Enticemnt of a Child; and Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
In October 2015, the 14-year-old teen was walking her dog on a hiking trail along Bear Creek when Myers came up behind her. He put his hand over his mouth, grabbed her, and dragged her off the trail into the brush, and sexually assaulted her as she screamed and struggled.
The 21-year-old Myers met the teen in September 2015 through a popular website called KIK. Myers tracked down her cell phone number and they began texting. He told the teen he was 16. At first the conversation was casual as Myers tried to establish a friendship. However, the conversation became sexual when he both asked for and sent naked pictures.
Immediately after the assault, Myers texted her and said he’d had a great time and hoped they could do it again soon. The teen deleted her KIK app and tried to block his number, but he was able to get through. She repeatedly asked Myers to stop contacting her. He told her he loved her, and that he would kill himself if she wouldn’t see him. He threatened to cut or shoot himself. He sent her a grisly photo of an arm that had been severely cut as well as a photo of himself with a shotgun in his mouth.
“Myers coerced this vulnerable child into believing that it was up to her whether he lived or died. This was a despicable assault with unconscionable manipulation,” said District Attorney Pete Weir.
The investigation began in April 2016 when law enforcement officers from Evans, Colorado contacted this victim while investigating a similar case in their jurisdiction involving Zachary Myers. During their investigation, Evans police found the Lakewood victim’s phone number in Myer’s cell phone and contacted her. During their interview with the teen she disclosed what had happened to her and Lakewood police were called in.
Myers has similar cases pending in Weld and Denver counties.
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