Westminster officer accused of on-duty sexual assault in Broomfield

Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 00:39:55-04

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A Westminster Police Department officer has been cuffed and booked on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in Broomfield while on duty late last week.

Police announced Monday afternoon three charges against 40-year-old Curtis Arganbright, who has been booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. He has since bonded out of jail, according to jail officials.

According to police in Broomfield, Westminster police came forward to their detectives after a person lodged accusations against Arganbright last Thursday.

Police say they have enough evidence to charge Arganbright with sex assault, sexual assault position of authority and false imprisonment. 

The assault allegedly transpired on Wednesday, Aug. 24 between 1 and 2 a.m. in the area of W. 144th and Zuni St. in City of Broomfield jurisdiction. Arganbright turned himself in Monday.

Westminster Police Chief Tim Carlson said Arganbright has been employed with his department since 2013 and worked entirely as a patrol officer. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Carlson said the arrest has rocked his department "to its core" and does not represent officers in Westminster.

"The impact on the victim in this case is something I can't begin to imagine," said Carlson. "The conduct alleged here can never be tolerated and it can never be repeated." 

Carlson said the department would be going through and scrutinizing Arganbright’s previous contacts and interactions with citizens during his nearly four-year career with WPD. 

Arganbright had previously worked with the Federal Heights Police Department before coming to Westminster.

Formal charges are expected to be filed with the Adams and Broomfield County District Attorney's Office later this week.