Former deputy gets jail after guilty plea | VailDaily.com

Former deputy gets jail after guilty plea

TJ Hay

EAGLE — A former Eagle County sheriff's deputy will serve a stretch in the jail where he used to put criminals.

Timothy Joseph Hay, 42, was sentenced to 180 days in jail — 90 days straight and the rest work release — after he pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors, trespassing and misdemeanor assault.

Hay struck the plea deal with prosecutors after initially being charged with sexually assaulting an Eagle County woman. The case was turned over to prosecutors from Colorado's 9th Judicial District after it was transferred from local prosecutors in the 5th Judicial District.

As part of the plea deal, Hay will also have to register as a sex offender.

According to testimony in his preliminary hearing, Hay was so drunk or drugged that he had to be helped from an Eagle bar by two women, one of whom later accused him of raping her.

That woman could have driven Hay to his home, less than a mile from the bar in Eagle, but she drove the second woman home to Gypsum, then drove Hay and herself back to a warehouse office halfway between Eagle and Gypsum along U.S. Highway 6. That office floor is where the incident occurred.

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Hay had previously pleaded not guilty, before accepting the misdemeanor plea deal.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.