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Air Force Academy cadet arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping

January 20, 2015 Updated: January 20, 2015 at 5:34 am
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​​An Air Force Academy cadet was arrested by Boulder police Friday on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping tied to a Nov. 1 incident.

The academy confirmed Monday that a cadet had been arrested but wouldn't release his name. Boulder police identified him as 21-year-old Daniel Ryerson, an academy junior. Police say he's suspected of sexually assaulting an incapacitated Boulder woman in the early hours of Nov. 1.

Academy spokesman John Van Winkle said the school is cooperating with Boulder officials.

"Federal law does allow the city of Boulder to retain jurisdiction in this matter," he said.
Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said their investigation into the rape allegation concluded with Ryerson's arrest at the academy Friday morning.
She said police had been working the case since the woman reported the attack "several days" later.

Jail records show that Ryerson, who left the Boulder County jail over the weekend, was accused of sexually assaulting a helpless victim and allege that the victim had been moved against their will, resulting in the kidnapping count.

Online court records show that a warrant was obtained for Ryerson's arrest by Boulder police Friday and his bail was set at $20,000. No attorney for the cadet was listed.

Under Colorado sentencing guidelines, kidnapping for the purposes of sexual assault is a class 2 felony that can bring up to 48 years behind bars.

Court dates for Ryerson and other details were not available Monday, a federal holiday.

The arrest comes as the academy redoubles its efforts to combat sexual assault in the ranks.

On Nov. 12 - days after the alleged Boulder incident - all 4,000 academy cadets pledged "to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault."

In other efforts, athletes at the academy formed Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence, where the cadets say they will stand up for victims.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

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