Ex-Officer Now Accused Of Assaulting 22 Kids

Joshua Carrier Worked As School Resource Officer, Police Athletic League Coach

A former Colorado Springs police officer facing allegations of child molestation is now accused of sexually assaulting 22 victims -- up from six.

Along with finding new victims, prosecutors more than doubled the felony child sex assault counts -- from 78 to 189 -- against Joshua Carrier, 30, during a Tuesday hearing in El Paso County District Court, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Carrier also has been charged with possessing child pornography.

Court documents in the case are sealed, but a parent told the Gazette that Carrier, a former school resource officer and volunteer wrestling coach, abused her son under the pretense of examining him for ringworm.

Carrier had a number of assignments that placed him in situations with youth, including working as a school resource officer at Horace Mann Elementary, a coach for the Police Athletic League and as an advisor to youth in the police department's Explorer Scout program, police said.

The original investigation began on March 28, when the department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit received information that Carrier may have made purchases from a child pornography website, police said.

Carrier worked for the Colorado Springs Police Department for seven years. He resigned on June 30.

Carrie has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

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