GOLDEN, Colo. — A man was extradited to Colorado from Ecuador on 126 sexual assault charges, the First Judicial District Attorney's Office said on Tuesday.
Peter Robert Dettmer, 69, was arrested in Cuenca, Ecuador by the FBI on April 27 on charges stemming from a 2016 case in Golden.
Dettmer faces the following charges, according to the district attorney's office:
- 63 counts of sexual assault – victim helpless
- 62 counts of sexual assault – victim incapable
- One count of sexual assault – victim incapable due to force, drugs or other
He appeared in court on Wednesday for his advisement hearing and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Dettmer was arrested on June 10, 2016, after an alleged crime that happened that night at the Millstone condos on 11th Street in Golden, according to police documents. According to an affidavit, he was arrested on charges of domestic violence sexual assault and invasion of privacy for sexual gratification.
Witnesses saw the assault involving a woman who appeared to be unconscious through a picture window with open curtains and called police, according to the arrest affidavit.
The witnesses also reported that it appeared the man was filming and/or photographing the woman who was naked and unconscious on a chair, according to the affidavit.
Prior to the alleged assault, the witnesses said they saw the same man from the apartment dragging the woman, who appeared to be intoxicated, into the building, the affidavit says.
Dettmer's extradition is the second from Ecuador in the last 27 years, according to the district attorney's office.
"It is rare and it's not easy. It's very complicated," Bob Pence, a former FBI agent, told 9NEWS.
Pence said once a warrant is granted, FBI agents work their contacts to get the arrest. In this case, he said it was likely FBI agents in Colombia that helped out.
"I can guarantee you that the agents in Bogotá would be exercising their relationships with the police they've trained in Ecuador, and then after that arrest is made, then starts the legal piece of it," he said. "As long as the warrants were there, [the agents] work hard on every one of them."
The U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and the U.S. Department of State also assisted with the arrest.
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