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Ex-deputy cleared in sexual contact complaint

By: The Associated Press
September 7, 2013 Updated: September 7, 2013 at 6:15 am
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CORTEZ — A former Montezuma County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriately touching a female suspect has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation.

The Cortez Journal reports (http://goo.gl/voqk6z ) that prosecutors and the sheriff's office both conducted an investigation and determined no charges were warranted against former deputy Darrin Harper.

A 52-year-old woman had alleged in a January complaint that Harper had fondled her during a traffic stop in 2012. But the woman later told investigators during an interview that she has a mental illness and sometimes makes up things "that did not happen."

The woman had been arrested on suspicion of driving on the influence of drugs on the night in question, but the charges were later dismissed.

Harper was fired last month because of other misconduct complaints, including arresting people without probable cause.

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Information from: Cortez Journal, http://www.cortezjournal.com/

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