A Republican activist already accused of sexually assaulting a girl he met on the Internet is now charged with assaulting another girl. Randal David Ankeney, 30, was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a female whose age was not listed in court documents. A preliminary hearing on the new charge was scheduled for Jan. 14. A trial for Ankeney, who once worked for the state Office of Economic Development, was originally scheduled for this week. Prosecutor Amy Mullaney said the alleged victim is not the 13-year-old Fountain, Colo., girl . Prosecutors said Ankeney met that girl in an Internet chat room. Ankeney told her he was 25 years old and she claimed to be 14, court records said. Ankeney is accused of picking her up in Fountain in July and taking her to his apartment in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., where he allegedly provided her with marijuana before they had sex. He dropped her off the next day at a fast food restaurant where she called a relative who then contacted police, according to his arrest report. In that case, Ankeney is charged with sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child, committing a crime of violence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, marijuana possession and possession of a bong. Ankeney has worked as a volunteer on several local politicians' campaigns. Last year, Gov. Bill Owens appointed Ankeney as a business development representative in the Colorado Springs branch of the state Office of Economic Development. Ankeney resigned July 31, a day before he was arrested. He had been making $63,000 a year in that position. Ankeney, who is free on $10,000 bond, declined comment on the allegations against him.
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