Edwards man accused of sexual assault on child
EDWARDS, Colorado – An Edwards man was arrested Tuesday for sexually assaulting a child while providing medical treatment.
Alfred Bamberger, 73, was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
Bamberger is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with an underage patient while providing homeopathic treatment at Finis Boni in Edwards.
“There were multiple incidents before the victim came forward,” said Shannon Cordingly, communications director with the Eagle County Sheriff’s office.
After a warrant was issued, Bamberger turned himself in Tuesday morning, Cordingly said. He made his first appearance in Eagle County Court Tuesday where Judge Katherine Sullivan set his bond at $10,000. As part of his bond conditions, Bamberger is prohibited from having contact with anyone under 18. He’s also banned from being in places where children are likely to congregate, such as schools, parks and playgrounds.
He’ll be back in court Tuesday.
Law enforcement is asking anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Bamberger to call 970-479-2200 to make a report.
Baumberger’s arrest comes during the last week of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Cordingly said the Sheriff’s Office provides free training and information on a variety of topics including sexual assault.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 93 percent of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker, Cordingly said.
Many sexual offenders “groom” their victims prior to any sexual contact, gaining access and trust from the victim and the victim’s family, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Grooming is essentially training the victim and family members to lower their guard, Cordingly said. Behaviors vary but may include relationship building through shared interests or activities; development of a sense of specialness with the victim; and shared secrets between the adult and child.