Springs police officer arrested on felony charge

By: JOEL MILLMAN and TOM ROEDER
June 10, 2011
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A Colorado Springs police officer who accused a former Manitou Springs cop of assault last year has been arrested for allegedly lying to authorities.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Springs police officer Sydney Huffman on Friday, saying she was held on investigation of attempting to influence a public servant.

Huffman claimed to be the victim in a June 9, 2010 attack by former Manitou Springs policeman Jarrott Martinez, who was acquitted of the charges in a February trial.

Now, authorities say Huffman, a decorated three-year veteran of the department may have misled investigators as the alleged victim in an unspecified a domestic violence case. Police declined to release details of the Huffman case, but the information they did release coincides with Huffman’s allegations against Martinez.

Police say they learned of the issue on April 21, then turned over the investigation to the DA’s Office.

“We are trying, as a professional agency, to strike the balance between appropriately handling victims and at the same time are working to maintain the integrity of our agency and accordingly have proactively sought out the assistance of the DA’s Office in this investigation,” Chief Richard Myers said in the statement.

Police declined to discuss the case further, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Last year, Huffman claimed Martinez, her estranged boyfriend, met her in a restaurant parking lot off Woodmen Road. She told investigators that Martinez tried to talk her out of testifying against him in a restraining order case, then strangled her as she tried to leave his pickup.

The case against Martinez was hampered by inconsistencies in Huffman’s account. She first told police that Martinez pulled up behind her car and forced her into the parking lot, but later said she had agreed to meet him there.

In court, Martinez defense attorney Daniel Deters told jurors that Martinez was not in the parking lot that night and Huffman lied about the entire incident.

Huffman, 24, earned the department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Huffman and Andrew Leeper were honored for wrestling a battery-operated saw from a bleeding, suicidal man, then preventing him from jumping from a window.

Huffman was held in the El Paso County jail Friday in lieu of a $20,000 bond on investigation of the Class 4 felony. She is on paid administrative leave pending the filing of formal charges, police said.

Huffman is the second Colorado Springs police officer arrested in the past month.

Seven-year veteran Josh Carrier is charged with possessing child porn and molesting as many as a dozen children while he was a school resource officer and volunteer coach.

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