A state economic development official has resigned after being arrested for sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl that he allegedly met in an Internet chat room.
Randy Ankeney, 30, who had worked as a regional representative
for the Governor's Office of Economic Development since November,
resigned effective July 31 after the arrest became public, said Bob
Lee, the office's executive director. Ankeney had been earning
$63,000 per year.
Ankeney has not been formally charged. He is scheduled to appear
in El Paso County District Court on Monday.
Ankeney and the girl, who is from Fountain, talked by phone on
July 21 and the girl said she wanted to run away, according to
court records. Ankeney told the girl he was 25 years old and she
claimed to be 14, records said.
He is accused of picking her up in Fountain that evening and
taking her to his apartment in downtown Colorado Springs, 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.
Ankeney was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child
with force, sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a
child, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was one of four regional business development representatives
for the office, Lee said.
"We really were stunned by the allegations," Lee said. "We're
angry. We're disappointed. My heart goes out for this young girl
and her family."
Dick Wadhams, spokesman for Gov. Bill Owens, said that the governor
was sickened by the charges and sympathizes with the girl and her
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