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Tailor in Boulder accused of touching woman, juvenile inappropriately acquitted on all charges

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Posted at 8:22 AM, Sep 30, 2021

UPDATE | June 18, 2024 — Ziya Ozdemir was acquitted of all charged against him following a two-week trial in Boulder County.

His attorneys provided the following statement after the acquittal:

Ziya Ozdemir, owner of Uni Tailor, was acquitted of all charges against him after a two-week jury trial. Mr. Ozdemir has maintained his innocence through an incredibly difficult process over the past 3 years. We deeply appreciate the jurors scrutinizing a biased and rigged investigation to bring justice to a hard-working Turkish-American immigrant who is a beloved and valued member of the Boulder Community. Mr. Ozdemir was represented at trial by his attorneys Sarah Croog, Jurdem LLC and Jonathan Greenlee, The Eichner Law Firm.

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UPDATE | Dec. 14, 2021 — The Boulder Police Department requested that anybody who believes they were victimized by Ziya Ozdemir, a tailor in Boulder, to come forward after he was arrested following two accusations that he inappropriately touched a woman and a juvenile at the store.

On Dec, 14, police said eight additional people had come forward with similar allegations, with dates ranging from 2017 to 2021. The District Attorney’s Office filed an additional eight counts of unlawful sexual contact against Ozdemir.

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BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder man has been arrested on accusations of touching two people inappropriately while he tailored their clothes.

The Boulder Police Department said detectives arrested Ziya Ozdemir, 43, on Tuesday on two counts of unlawful sexual contact.

Police said Ozdemir owns a business called Uni Tailor along the 4800 block of Baseline Road.

Uni Tailor

On Jan. 10, 2018, a woman went to him to have clothes tailored. A juvenile female visited the tailor on Aug. 31, 2021. In both instances, the women reported they were touched inappropriately while Ozdemir tailored their clothes, according to police.

Boulder detectives believe other people may have been victimized by Ozdemir in a similar way, but have not yet reported to police.

Anybody with information on these crimes is asked to call Det. B. McNalley at 303-441-3336.