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Former town of Vail employee charged with soliciting child prostitute in Glenwood Springs

Thomas Phippen
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Ronald Braden

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man charged with soliciting a minor for prostitution in Glenwood Springs is a Gypsum resident and worked for the town of Vail for more than 24 years, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent has learned.

Ronald Braden, 53, appeared in Garfield County District Court on Wednesday, Nov. 7, on bond and was released with a court protection order prohibiting him from having contact with children younger than 18.

Judge Denise Lynch, of the 9th District, also ordered Braden to remain in Colorado, unless granted permission from the court to travel, according to case documents.

Braden had led information services for the town of Vail since he was hired in June 1994, most recently holding the title of director. During his tenure, the town upgraded both its cell phone service and in-town wi-fi systems. Braden was placed on leave Wednesday, Oct. 24, and his employment with the town of Vail was officially terminated Monday, Nov. 5, a spokesperson for the town said.

Child prostitution

Braden's charges are included in a larger Colorado grand jury indictment handed down Monday, Oct. 22, alleging a prostitution ring operated out of the former Plaza Inn, which is no longer in business, in north Glenwood Springs.

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The indictment charges Damara Hester, 25, and Dasjuan Goode, 30, of transporting two juveniles to Glenwood Springs in July 2017 and holding them at the hotel before driving at least one of the juveniles to a sex buyer's home to perform "acts of prostitution," the indictment said.

Braden allegedly was one of those who engaged in the activities during that time. The pair put ads for the two minors online and exploited them sexually for money, according to the indictment.

On at least one occasion, Hester and/or Goode "… took advantage of the minors held in the hotel." According to the indictment, Braden "met the juvenile at a hotel/motel in Glenwood Springs and paid money to engage in sexual intercourse with her."

He is charged with four felony counts, including soliciting for child prostitution, pandering of a child, patronizing a prostituted child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A defense attorney for Braden, Alaurice Tafoya-Modi, said, "Mr. Braden looks forward to addressing the allegations in a court of law."

Hester remains in custody at the Garfield County jail with bail set at $50,000. Goode was arrested Thursday, Oct. 25, and is currently being held in Brighton with bond set at $100,000, according to Adams County Sheriff records.

Ninth District prosecutors have filed to have Goode transferred from the Adams County jail to face charges in Garfield County, Assistant District Attorney Ben Sollars said.