Former Palisade cop charged with sex assaults
Grand Junction Correspondent
Vail, CO, Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A man is accused of repeatedly molesting a pair of young girls in his care as a foster parent over years, including a time period when he was employed as a Palisade police officer, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Patrick L. Casey, 51, of Clifton, is being held at the Mesa County Jail on $250,000 bond following his arrest Thursday on a Mesa County Sheriff’s warrant alleging 27 felonies, including sex assault on a child with force, and sex assault on child by a person in a position of trust.
Casey allegedly assaulted a pair of girls ” both former foster children in Casey’s home and both now young teens ” between January 1997 and April 2008, according to the warrant.
The sheriff’s office on Tuesday released a heavily redacted version of Casey’s warrant.
Casey became the focus of an investigation May 2 when a sheriff’s investigator was contacted by the biological mother of one of the alleged victims. The mother looked up her daughter on MySpace to send a happy birthday message.
During the communications that followed, the girl told her mother that Casey had allegedly assaulted her for years.
The girl was removed from the home by Mesa County Human Services workers on May 2, according to the affidavit. She was interviewed by an investigator on May 6 at the Western Slope Center for Children.
The affidavit said she described numerous sex acts dating back at least to age 5, saying she was punished if she refused to have sex.
“… if she doesn’t do it she won’t get anything and she won’t get to eat except bread and water,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit. “Sometimes he will hit her if she doesn’t.”
A second alleged victim came forward on May 6.
An investigator wrote he learned May 6 that Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles and a human services caseworker were scheduled to interview another girl who was a foster child in Casey’s home from 1997 to 1998.
The affidavit noted a sheriff’s investigator watched a closed-circuit broadcast of the girl’s May 6 interview with Quarles and the DHS worker.
“She stayed with a man named Pat who was a Palisade police officer,” the affidavit said, summarizing the interview. “After she was no longer in foster care, she would visit Pat’s home and stay weekends until she was 7 or 8.”
The girl described a series of sex acts with Casey. She said if she stopped during sex on some occasions, “she would not get dessert.”
“(Girl) described this as a bribe and said the bribe always worked,” the affidavit said.
Town officials couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday to confirm Casey’s dates of employment with the Palisade Police Department.
Quarles, who’s been with the department since 1995, was out town and unavailable for comment on Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, the girl’s biological mother said she allowed her daughter to continue having contact for years with her former foster parents, believing there was a healthy relationship.
That ended at age 9, when her daughter confided alleged abuse involving Casey.
“(Mother) called the Palisade Police Department, but was told it was past the statute of limitations (I was unable to find a report taken from (mother) about Pat abusing (girl) in searching dispatch and Palisade police records,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
Casey will be formally charged by the District Attorney’s Office on Thursday.
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