Red Cross worker says she was sexually assaulted by fellow volunteer during Waldo Canyon Fire

Woman says she drugged at Colorado Springs hotel

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Red Cross worker from Texas who flew into Colorado to help with this summer's wildfire reported that she was sexually assaulted by a fellow Red Cross worker during that time, Colorado Springs police reported Friday.

The woman reported the alleged assault on Aug. 23.

She told police in her hometown of Austin, Texas, that she was sent to Fort Collins to assist families displaced by the High Park Fire. She was teamed up with 71-year-old Allen Crabtree from Maine.

She had known Crabtree because they had met at the annual training session and kept in touch with each other and other American Red Cross workers via social media.

After working in Fort Collins, they were asked to go to Colorado Springs to help families displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire.

On July 7,  the woman said she  and Crabtree met a group of Red Cross workers at a restaurant for dinner and drinks.  Following this, they went to an unknown bar for more drinks and the two stayed at the bar while everyone else left for the evening. 

Once back at the hotel, the woman said she believed she may have been drugged and was sexually assaulted by Crabtree.

Colorado Springs police investigated and based on information revealed during the course of their investigation, a warrant was issued for Crabtree for felony sexual assault.  He was arrested in Maine and is now in the El Paso County jail.

Detectives do not know if anyone else may have been victimized.

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