Edwards man faces life in prison
May 28, 2011
An Edwards man says he will fight charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while treating her.
Alfred Bamberger, 73, told investigators he is “flabbergasted” by the accusations, according to the investigation report.
Bamberger and his attorney, Kristen Frost, say they will start their battle with a preliminary hearing in July, where Judge Katharine Sullivan will determine if there’s enough evidence to put him on trial in District Court. Defendants can forego the preliminary hearing and go directly to trial.
Frost said they will have their day in court, and it will start with the preliminary hearing.
“This is going to go,” Frost said.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said they believe they can win the case.
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“We wouldn’t file charges if we didn’t,” Hurlbert said.
Baumberger is charged with three felony counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Baumberger appeared in Eagle County Court Friday morning.
The incidents are alleged to have occurred between Dec. 12, 2010 and Feb. 7, 2011, while the girl was seeing Baumberger for treatment for a skin problem.
Baumberger called himself a “psychoneuroimmunologist,” the investigation report says. Baumberger shared space in Edwards where he and other people each had rooms to practice.
According to the investigation report, Baumberger asked the girl to undress and lie on a table. The first time she did it, he told her not to worry, that he had seen “thousands of naked bodies in the past,” the girl said in the report.
When asked by investigators if she ever felt that Baumberger was “doing anything that didn’t seem like a medical procedure,” the alleged victim replied “No,” the report said.
Baumberger would apply the cream for “maybe 20 or 30 minutes,” the alleged victim told investigators. Afterward, she got dressed and would lie back down on the table for a “hypnosis/relaxation type session,” she told investigators, at which point she claims Baumberger kissed her.
The girl told investigators he had mentioned taking her to a cabin in Austria, the report says. Baumberger told them he wanted to take her entire family there because it is so relaxing, the report says.
Baumberger said he was “flabbergasted” and that it didn’t make any sense.
“I don’t want this on my soul,” he told Sheriff’s investigators.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.