Former Boulder hockey coach and sex offender Zachary Meintz arrested in false reporting case

Claimed he'd been threatened and stabbed

BOULDER, Colo. - A former Boulder youth hockey coach and convicted sex offender is now charged with false reporting for allegedly faking two stabbings and several threats.

On Tuesday, 23-year-old Zachary Meints was arrested by detectives from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office on a number of charges that stem from reports filed with the sheriff's office and Boulder Police Department in March and April.

In 2012, Meints pleaded guilty to one count of felony Internet sexual exploitation. He admitted sending sexually explicit texts and Facebook messages to boys he was coaching in a youth hockey program. He was sentenced to 10 years of intensive sex offender probation, but avoided jail time.

On March 23, 2014, Meints filed a burglary report, saying the back door at his parents' home on Snowpeak Lane had been shattered with a brick.  He also reported profanity was spray-painted on the kitchen floor.

A week later, Meints reported that he had been stabbed in front of his parent's home, as he walked to the garage from his car. A search of the area failed to locate a suspect. The knife used in the stabbing was later found in the gutter of the roof of the garage.

Meints also reported having received three threatening letters the same month.

On April 8, Meints reported to the Boulder Police Department that he was stabbed again after leaving his counselor's office and arriving at his vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Pine Street.  

Interviews with Meints and forensic analysis of the evidence obtained on the scenes of all of the reports led investigators to arrest and charge Zachary Meints with attempting to influence a public servant -- a felony -- and four counts of false reporting -- a misdemeanor.

Meints posted bail after his arrest and will have a return court appearance on July 8.

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