Former Westminster police officer pleads guilty to unlawful sexual contact, official misconduct

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 16:32:11-04

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. – A former Westminster police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty in August 2017.

Curtis Lee Arganbright, 41, pleaded guilty to counts of unlawful sexual contact and official misconduct – both misdemeanors – in connection to the incident.

According to an affidavit for Arganbright’s arrest, he had agreed to give a 36-year-old woman a ride home from St. Anthony Hospital in Westminster. The affidavit for his arrest says the woman had checked herself into the hospital the night before for treatment related to alcoholism.

But at some point on the way back to her home in Broomfield, he allegedly made advances toward her, then pulled off the road near W. 144th Ave. and Zuni Street and “forced the woman to engage in sex acts,” the district attorney’s office said.

Investigators found DNA evidence on the victim, the affidavit says, and on the side of Arganbright’s patrol vehicle.

He was suspended without pay during an investigation into the incident and resigned about two months after the allegations came to light. Arganbright had worked for the Westminster Police Department since 2013.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 29.