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Adams County woman cited for allegedly releasing affidavit in Stauch case, officials say

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 17:58:57-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An Adams County woman has been cited for allegedly leaking documents online in the Gannon Stauch murder case, officials announced on Tuesday.

Sherie Farstveet, 53, faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal misconduct, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Officials said she leaked the sealed arrest warrant affidavit for Letecia Stauch, the stepmother of 11-year-old Gannon who is accused of killing the boy in January.

Farstveet is not an employee of the district attorney's office or the court system, nor is she associated with the Stauch case. But Farstveet did have login information for the courts' online system and accessed the affidavit before it was sealed, prosecutor Michael Allen said.

Allen said prosecutors had planned to unseal the affidavit warrant affidavit after discussing the details of the document with Gannon's family.

Letecia Stauch faces a murder charge and eight counts of crime of violence in the case and was arrested March 2. Sixteen days later, on March 18, a road construction worker found Gannon's body just off Highway 90 in Pace, Fla. Letecia Stauch also faces charges of child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased human body.

The affidavit was written on Feb. 28 and did not include information about how Gannon's body ended up in Florida.

Letecia Stauch reported her stepson missing from their Colorado Springs home on Jan. 27. She told police that Gannon Stauch left on foot to play at a friend's house and never returned.

According to the El Paso Sheriff's Office, she made the report around 7 p.m. that day.

The affidavit said Letecia Stauch killed Gannon earlier that day, after about 2:15 p.m. Gannon's body was then likely taken into the garage and loaded into the back of Letecia Stauch's leased Volkswagen Tiguan, the affidavit said.

She later cleaned the scene in Gannon's bedroom and then, on the following evening, Jan. 28, drove Gannon's remains and dumped them in an area off Highway 105 and South Perry Park Road in southern Douglas County, according to the affidavit. Investigators said the Metro Crime Laboratory later determined that blood discovered in Gannon's bedroom and in the Stauchs' garage matched blood on a piece of particleboard found near Highway 105 and South Perry Park Road.