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Former employee with Colorado youth services center arrested for multiple counts of sexual assault

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A former employee of a youth services center in Colorado has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault. 

Brian Matthew Tate, 30, had been employed with the Division of Youth Services since December of 2016. 

He was arrested on Sunday for the following charges:

  • 2 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Position of Trust (Class 3 Felony)
  • 1 count Sexual Assault (Class 3 Felony)
  • 3 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Position of Trust (Class 4 Felony)
  • 3 counts Sexual Assault on a Child Pattern of Abuse (Class 3 Felony)
  • 1 count Criminal Attempt of Unlawful Sexual Contact (Class 5 Felony)
  • 6 counts of First Degree Official Misconduct (Class 2 Misdemeanor) 

This comes after two girls reported being abused at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center to another employee on July 28. 

DYS placed Tate on administrative leave and notified the Mesa County Department of Human Services and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. DYS then fired him shortly after. 

“Keeping youth safe is our highest priority,” said Anders Jacobson, director of the Division of Youth
Services. “The Division has a zero-tolerance standard for any incidence of sexual misconduct. When
allegations of staff sexual misconduct occur, our policy is to notify law enforcement and the local
county department of social services and assist throughout the investigative process. We also
initiate internal personnel actions to ensure the youth in our care remain safe.”

Tate is currently being held in the Mesa County Detention Facility on a No Bond Hold until the first appearance.

If anyone has information about this case or potential victims please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Witness Tip Line at (970) 244-3526.

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