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Former substance abuse counselor suspected of sexual abuse on client

Boulder Police were investigating a series of incidents involving Jose Yepes, 48, who worked at a treatment facility.
Credit: Boulder Police Department
Jose Yepes

BOULDER, Colo. — A former substance abuse counselor was arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault, and Boulder Police said they were looking for other victims.

Jose Alejandro Yepes, 48, of Lafayette, was arrested Friday on suspicion of stalking, unlawful sexual contact and indecent exposure, according to the Boulder Police Department (BPD).

Yepes was employed by Mental Health Partners as a counselor at the Warner House Facility, 2833 Broadway in Boulder. He dealt with people experiencing substance abuse issues, police said in a press release.

Earlier this month, detectives began investigating a series of incidents involving Yepes, police said. Mental Health Partners terminated Yepes' employment after the investigation began, police said.

 A female victim reported that over a one-month period in November, Yepes repeatedly contacted her and initiated contacts that were sexual in nature, the release says.

During their sessions, Yepes would take the victim into a room with just the two of them and lock the door. In what Yepes called "energy healing," he would have the victim walk on his bare back to transfer the negative energy from her body. When she objected, Yepes would yell and threaten her, according to the affidavit in the case.

During sessions, Yepes would expose himself and show her naked photos, according to the affidavit.

The victim left the facility's program early and moved out of her residence because she feared Yepes would find her. He had access to her records, address and vehicle information, the affidavit says.

At a court hearing Monday afternoon, the Boulder County District Attorney's Office argued for bail to be set at $100,000 due to concerns for the victim and community safety, according to the DA's Office.

The judge authorized his release on a $25,000 personal recognizance bail with conditions including that he not leave the state and have no contact with the victim or her residence, the DA's Office said.

Anyone who might have information about incidents involving Yepes can contact Detective Marples at 303-441-3345, reference case 20-11928.

Tipsters can also contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or crimeshurt.com.

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