Chambers, head of the 18th Judicial District, told 9NEWS in a statement Monday she made the decision to allow for a special prosecutor "so the victim feels comfortable with the judicial process, decisions and or outcome in the case."
She sent a letter detailing her decision to David Heckenbach, the attorney for the alleged victim. You can read the letter by clicking here.
Heckenbach, a former Denver prosecutor, had asked Chambers earlier this month to step aside because he said his client's case had been "mishandled."
The victim in the case, Marie, told 9NEWS a prosecutor from then Arapahoe DA Jim Peter's office said they would not pursue her case in 2004 because of publicity surrounding the CU football recruiting scandal.
In an interview with 9NEWS Monday afternoon, Heckenbach said he's pleased the case is moving forward.
"This is what we asked for, (what) we needed and expected - the appointment of a special prosecutor," Heckenbach said.
In the letter Chambers sent to Heckenbach on Monday, she said interviews on 9NEWS with both Marie and the alleged suspect, Clyde Surrell, could have changed her office's decision whether to file charges in the case, but she was concerned with the victim's apparent discomfort with her office.
"This new evidence may well change our assessment of the case and the decision to file charges," Chambers wrote in the letter dated March 19.
"However, I am extremely concerned to hear that your client had such an unpleasant experience dealing with our office back in 2004. I am especially concerned that she felt humiliated and demeaned. I can assure you that the people involved were horrified to hear that their conduct was perceived in that way; that was certainly not their intent."
Chambers went on to say that after viewing Marie's interview with 9NEWS, "…it is quite clear that she continues to be very upset and traumatized by the incident with Mr. Surrell."
Monday, Surrell did not return a call from 9NEWS.
Last week, Chambers was quoted as saying the woman's case has "significant proof problems."
In response, Heckenbach told 9NEWS last week, "Once again, Chambers has ignored the victim's request by publicly speaking out against her case, and her statement highlights the bias she has against this case, despite additional evidence that is available."
The special prosecutor will decide if there is enough evidence for the case to move forward.
The Denver District Attorney's office has ties to Heckenbach's law offices, so due to that conflict of interest, the case will likely go to Adams or Jefferson County for review. That decision should be made in the next few days
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