June 8, 2017 — Mr. Waege was charged with Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, C.R.S. 18-3-405.3(1) on February 24, 2015. This is a class four felony. A trial to a jury of twelve citizens commenced on May 30, 2017, before The Honorable Keri Yoder in Montrose District Court. This trial lasted for six days and the verdict of not guilty was returned by the jury on June 7, 2017. The Office of the District Attorney greatly respects the judicial system and the processes surrounding affording due process to defendants in criminal cases.
It is a privilege and a duty to be selected and to serve as a juror. The jurors are presented with evidence during a trial that is sometimes difficult and uncomfortable to be exposed to and this was such a case. The Office of the District Attorney greatly appreciates the participation of all the potential jurors summoned to appear and the time and hard work of the jurors selected. Every trial requires significant disruption of the lives of witnesses and jurors. Without their participation, the criminal justice system cannot seek resolution of these important matters.
The members of the team prosecuting this case included Deputy District Attorney Seth Ryan and Denetta Dunlap, who is the Sex Offense Victim Services Assistant. Also included in this team were investigators from the Montrose Police Department, Sargent Abby Boston and Officer Brian Rumbaugh. The time, energy, and vigilance expended by this team from law enforcement were extensive and this Office recognizes those efforts and extends its gratitude to these investigators.
Any criminal charge against a defendant is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.