Timothy Shane Neely, 32 appeared in district court Wednesday while being held on a number of charges in three separate cases, including sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
He was accused in September 2020 of sexually assaulting a child, but charges were not brought forth by the District Attorney’s Office until August 2022, after it had been reported for a second time by a separate party.
Cañon City Police Detective Kassi Roquemore was assigned the case Aug. 31, 2022. In her arrest affidavit, she said the case had been sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review on Oct. 6, 2021, and again on Feb. 16, 2022, however as of Aug. 31, a determination on charges had not been made.
Officer Gary Wade was the reporting officer on Sept. 27, 2020, the day a family member of the child reported the allegations that were brought to her attention that morning. The child was interviewed the next day by the Kindred Kids Child Advocacy Center.
Neely was interviewed by law enforcement on Sept. 30, 2020, at which time he denied all allegations.
In January 2021, SANE photos were entered into police evidence for this case.
On Aug. 9, 2022, the Fremont County Department of Human Services contacted the CCPD to report the same allegations against Neely after receiving an anonymous tip.
On Aug. 30, 2022, Roquemore spoke with District Attorney Linda Stanley and consulted with her about the original case.
“I advised her that I was planning on having an interview with (the victim) and that I needed to know if they had reviewed the case for charges,” Roquemore stated in the affidavit. “The DA advised that this case was originally sent and somehow lost in the system. However, after review, they would advise to pursue charges.”
In this case, as well as two other pending cases, Neely is facing charges of violation of a protection order – criminal, a Class 1 misdemeanor; stalking – emotional distress a Class 5 felony; second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony; criminal mischief, a Class 2 misdemeanor, violation of a protection order and domestic violence; sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a Class 3 felony, unlawful sexual contact, a Class 4 felony, and child abuse causing injury, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Neely was arrested Aug. 1 for robbery and weapons charges stemming from El Paso County after a standoff at his Penrose home and a multi-agency, weeks-long investigation.
In El Paso County, Neely is charged in an arrest warrant with aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony, which presumptively can carry between 4-12 years in DOC, but if aggravated circumstances are found, he could be sentenced to as much as 24 years in DOC; felony menacing – a Class 5 felony – that presumptively can carry between 1-3 years in DOC, but if aggravating circumstances are found, he could be sentenced to as much as six years in DOC; possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a Class 5 felony, which also carries between one to three years in DOC, but if aggravating circumstances are found, he can be sentenced to as much as six years in DOC; and misdemeanor harassment, a Class 1 misdemeanor, if convicted could be sentenced to up to 364 days in county jail.
Deputy District Attorney Liz Drake on Wednesday asked that the judge not reduce bond in the Fremont County cases.
“I do have serious concerns about these cases,” she said. “There is really concerning behavior in each one – stalking alone indicates to me a higher risk to not comply with court orders. In the other cases, we are looking at lifetime consequences which is a higher risk for motivation for failure to appear.”
Judge Michael Meyrick set bond at $6,000 cash only for each of the three newer cases.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct 19.