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Rifle state wrestling champ facing charges

Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post
Rifle, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” An 18-year-old standout wrestler from Rifle has been charged in Denver with a sex crime that allegedly took place after the state wrestling tournament

James Conrardy, a 140-pound wrestler who compiled a 42-2 record and was named to this year’s Denver Post “Best of the Best” team, has been charged with unlawful sexual contact with force, a felony, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Conrardy, a senior at Rifle High School, entered a 15-year-old girl’s room at a Denver hotel during the early morning hours of Feb. 22 and touched her against her will, according to court documents.

The 15-year-old told investigators she was asleep when she was awakened by “a cold hand reaching under her T-shirt,” according to an affidavit in the case.

The girl told investigators she recognized Conrardy’s voice and she told him to “knock it off” but “he wasn’t listening,” the affidavit states.

She told investigators Conrardy touched her below the waist of her shorts and gave her a “bear hug” and laid on top of her before leaving the room.

Conrardy is scheduled to appear in court in Denver on Friday to be advised of the charge against him, according to the Denver DA’s office.

Bert Borgmann with the Colorado High School Activities association says his organization was not notified of the charges or the incident.