BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – An Adams County sheriff’s deputy in jail facing charges of child abuse made his first appearance in court Friday morning and the sheriff addressed the case to the public.
Bond was set at $100,000 for Deputy Henry Ford, 37, who was arrested on allegations of sexual assault on a child.
Officials say that they have sealed the arrest affidavit, so they wouldn’t say much about the case on Friday. But Sheriff Douglas Darr says investigators believe there were no other victims.
During Darr’s news conference after Ford’s court appearance, he said he got the tip about the allegations on Wednesday. Thursday evening they had enough to arrest Ford in connection with a sexual assault on a child.
The alleged incident happened in an unincorporated part of Adams County. Ford worked in the jail division and had been with the sheriff’s office for eight years.
Darr said he doesn’t believe the accusation is a black eye for his office because of how quickly they responded, but admitted it is a disappointment.
“This is a violation of the public trust. We have a responsibility to make sure that the people who work within this agency are qualified, that they have the character and the ability to do the job, and to do it well,” Darr said. “It’s always disappointing when one of our own is accused. It’s always disappointing when we have to stand in front of the camera like we are today to tell a story like this one.”
Darr said at this point they don’t believe the alleged assault happened while Ford was at work.
Ford’s next court date is set for next Tuesday.