Former deputy takes plea deal in sexual assault case | VailDaily.com

Former deputy takes plea deal in sexual assault case

TJ Hay

EAGLE — A former Eagle County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, avoiding a felony trial on three counts of sexual assault.

Timothy Joseph Hay, 42, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespass — both misdemeanors. Hay will also have to register as a sex offender.

Because Hay was an Eagle County Sheriff's Deputy at the time of the incident, the case was investigated by the District Attorney's Office, instead Sheriff's investigators. Prosecution of the case was assigned to the 9th Judicial District based in Glenwood Springs, and it was those prosecutors who approved the misdemeanor plea deal, not prosecutors in the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Lake, Summit and Clear Creek counties.

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, and then drove Hay and herself back to a warehouse office halfway between Eagle and Gypsum along U.S. Highway 6, according to police.

That office floor is where she says Hay sexually assaulted her.

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Hay had previously pleaded not guilty before accepting the misdemeanor plea deal. He's scheduled to be sentenced next month.