El Paso County Crime

4th Judicial DA investigator arrested on child sex assault charges

Donald Fair, 44, also a former deputy

Investigator former deputy arrested on suspicion of child sex assault

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - An investigator with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and former El Paso County sheriff's deputy was arrested on child sexual assault charges Thursday. 

A judge set bond Friday at $50,000 for Donald Leigh Fair, 44, of Colorado Springs, who's in custody at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

The judge said he allowed bond because of Fair's prior clean record, community standing and experience as an Army veteran.

Authorities asked that Fair's face not be shown yet in the media because they want to use him in a lineup --presumably to be seen by the victim or witnesses -- and avoid jeopardizing the investigation.

The investigation of Fair began Aug. 28 when the police Crimes Against Children unit was notified by authorities of reported exploitation of a child in Colorado Springs. 

Fair was identified as a suspect and arrested Aug. 31 on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and sexual exploitation of a child.

Both charges are Class 3 felonies, punishable by between four and 12 years in prison, if convicted.

Police said the victim is under the age of 15.

"It doesn't necessarily mean the suspect knows or doesn't know the victim," said police Sgt. Pamela Castro.  "In this specific case, and as required by state statute, the definition of a person in a position of trust is based on the suspect's position.  We can simply say the internet is a component of this investigation."

Earlier Friday, a judge sealed Fair's arrest records that would have provided more details.

His next scheduled court date is Sept. 20. 

Fair was employed as a sheriff’s deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office from June 2005 to July 2010, and from October 2013 to July 21, 2017. 

From July 24, 2017, to August 31, 2017, Fair was an investigator with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office both declined interview requests Friday, citing the active and ongoing nature of the investigation.

Police are working in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office as the investigation continues.

Police seek the community’s assistance in identifying anyone who has information about Fair or is a possible witness.

People with information are asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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