Former sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to sexual assault
EAGLE — A former Eagle County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a Gypsum woman.
Timothy Joseph Hay and his attorney, Lawson Wills, scheduled their trial for March 23. Wednesday’s appearance was their first in District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman’s court.
If he’s convicted, Hay could face life in prison. Based on the statute under which Hay is charged, if he is convicted, the District Court would sentence him to a minimum of four years, “up to the offender’s natural life.”
Hay, 42, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a vacant warehouse office near the Eagle County Regional Airport.
During Wednesday’s appearance, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hay stood tall at the defendant’s table, in dark dress slacks, a crisp white shirt and tie.
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Hay remains free on $15,000 bond.
Hay joined the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in 2003.
The Sheriff’s Office asked the district attorney’s investigators to investigate the case. Hay was arrested a few days later without incident at his home.
District Attorney Bruce Brown has said Hay will get no special treatment.
Around 7 p.m. on Sept. 18, the alleged victim and a female friend were at a restaurant-bar in Eagle, having drinks with Hay and one of his friends.
The woman told investigators that she and Hay left the restaurant-bar, dropped off her friend and that as she was driving Hay home, he asked her to pull over at a parking lot warehouse next to the airport.
Once inside the warehouse office, she said she was rendered unconscious and woke up on the floor. She told investigators that when she regained consciousness, she heard him talking on his cell phone saying, “I killed her and she is dead.”
The alleged victim said she did not remember Hay hitting or striking her.
Hay’s friend from the bar told investigators that Hay admitted having sex with the alleged victim.
The woman told investigators that she received a text message the next day from Hay that said, “Not sure how you feel about last night. I was worried when you fell down in the doorway. Are you OK?”
Hay is charged with three counts of sexual assault, assault and second degree burglary.