Roberts

David Roberts. Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Police Department.

A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sex trafficking at a hotel on Colorado Springs' east side, police said.

Police believe David Roberts, 53, is tied to multiple sexual assaults which have been under investigation since January, when detectives received a report of a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl at a hotel in the 600 block of Peterson Road near U.S. 24, police say.

According to an affidavit, the girl, who was reported as a runaway Dec. 30, had returned home and told her mother that she had been raped by a man named "Darule" at a Super 8 motel who asked if she wanted to work for him.

The victim described Darule as a "black male, tall, approximately 40-50 years old with a shaved head."

After being transported to a local hospital she told police that she was "forced to take drugs and was possibly being sex-trafficked," according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said that the girl appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamines during the medical exam. 

In February police received information about the false imprisonment of a 22-year-old woman in the 3600 block of East Uintah Street in east Colorado Springs, according to police.

In July, police say, there was a report of 38-year-old woman being sex trafficked from the same hotel on Peterson Road where the 16-year-old girl said she was attacked.

According to an affidavit, Roberts is charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of human trafficking, one count of criminal attempt-human trafficking, and two counts of false imprisonment.

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Any additional victims, witnesses or persons with information about Roberts' alleged crimes are asked to contact Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000. Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634 STOP.

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