First published December 8, 2003
Claims to fame: Republican activist, campaigner; former regional representative for Colorado Governorâ€™s Office of Economic Development; Internet chat-room predator; child molester
Moral apex: Ankeney, whom the Rocky Mountain News called a â€œfixture in El Paso County Republican politics,â€ was arrested in 2001 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.
The short version: Lured 13-year-old girl to his apartment, plied her with booze and pot, photographed her topless, then had sex with her.
Whatâ€™s more: After his arrest, a second girl â€” a 17-year-old campaign worker â€” charged him with sexual assault.
End result: In 2002, he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
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.
- August 9, 2001: State" target="_blank">http://www.thedenverchannel.com/den/news/stories/news-91048920010809-060817.html">State Official Arrested In Child Sex Assault Probe
October 6, 2006:
A Highlands Ranch sex offender and former political activist is due in a Larimer County courtroom Thursday to face new allegations that he sexually assaulted a child.
Randal David Ankeney, 35, was arrested by Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents last month, but details of the allegations are contained in a sealed arrest warrant. He is being held on $1 million bail at the Larimer County jail.
Ankeney is charged with nine felonies, including sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child, sexual exploitation of a child and a second offense of enticement of a child.
The incident occurred in Larimer County but is being investigated by the CBI instead of the county Sheriff's Office. CBI spokesman Lance Clem said because the warrants are under seal, he could not say why the CBI is handling the case.
Records show Ankeney was arrested Sept. 26 while out on $100,000 bond in a separate case out of Arapahoe County. In that case, Ankeney is charged with sexually assaulting an adult.
At the time of his most recent child sex-abuse arrest, he was living as a registered sex offender in the 9700 block of Red Oakes Drive in Highlands Ranch.
He was required to register as a sex offender because in 2001, Ankeney was convicted of attempting to sexually assault a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet. He got her stoned on marijuana, photographed her topless and fondled her, authorities said.
Ankeney was sentenced to two years in state prison.
Before his 2001 arrest, Ankeney worked as a volunteer coordinator for Gov. Bill Owens' re-election campaign in El Paso County. He resigned from his position as a regional representative for the governor's economic development office.
Ankeney is also an attorney whose license to practice law in Colorado was suspended for three years in March 2003. The suspension came because he pleaded guilty to attempting to assault the 13-year-old, according to Colorado Supreme Court records.
Staff writer Felisa Cardona can be reached at 303-954-1219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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