Man pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault of coworker

A man accused of raping a coworker in a Longmont motel room in April pleaded guilty on Friday in Boulder District Court to attempted sexual assault and assault charges.

Online court records indicate Rafael Vargas Jr., 36, who appeared in court on Friday free on bond, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault, overcoming a victim‘s will and misdemeanor assault. Prosecutors dropped a more serious sexual assault by force or threat charge.

An arrest warrant affidavit indicates that Vargas and the alleged victim were coworkers and went out for drinks in April. They agreed to rent a hotel room and had a brief, consensual sexual encounter once they arrived.

At some point during the encounter, the woman told Vargas she didn‘t want to continue, and the two went to sleep in the hotel room. She told police, according to the affidavit, that she woke to Vargas forcibly having sex with her.

Once Vargas had gone to sleep, the woman left the hotel room. She told police she didn‘t go to the hospital because she doesn‘t have health insurance, according to the affidavit.

The woman sent Vargas a text message the following day that accused him of raping her, to which he replied that he was sorry, according to the affidavit.

When police attempted to speak with Vargas about six weeks later, they allege he became “tense, defensive and appeared angry” and refused to discuss the issue.

Vargas does not appear to have any criminal record in Colorado, according to online court records, but the arrest warrant indicates he was arrested in Hartford, Conn., in 2007 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and later convicted.

Connecticut court records indicate that Vargas was convicted in 2008 of felony “risk of injury to a child” stemming from a 2007 incident and sentenced to five years in jail with execution suspended after three months, and five years of probation.

He does not appear to be a registered sex offender, according to Colorado and national sex offender registries.

Vargas is expected to be sentenced May 30.





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