LAW WEEK COLORADO
The top law enforcement officer in Montrose County has been arrested on a variety of charges including unlawful sexual contact without consent with force or threats, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers’ office disclosed this morning.
Additional details surrounding the charges weren’t immediately made public.
Suthers said that Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, in her capacity as acting governor, has appointed his office as special counsel to oversee the prosecution of Myrl Serra, 48, the district attorney in Montrose, on Colorado’s western slope. O’Brien also named Suthers’ office to take over Serra’s responsibilities leading the office while the case is being resolved.
Serra was held at the Montrose County Jail before posting a $5,000 secure bond. 7th Judicial District Chief Judge J. Steven Patrick is handling the case. Serra’s first court date is Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m.
Serra runs the 7th Judicial District DA’s office, which covers Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Miguel and Ouray counties. According to Suthers, he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact no consent with force or threats, a class-four felony (§ 18-3-404, 18-3-402, C.R.S.); indecent exposure, a class-three misdemeanor (§ 18-7-302, C.R.S.); and first-degree official misconduct, a class-two misdemeanor (§ 18-8-404, C.R.S.). The arrest affidavit for Serra has been filed under seal. Prosecutors, however, today have filed their case against Serra with a Montrose County District Court.
Serra is a 1980 graduate of Montrose High School and a 1984 graduated of Arizona State University, according to the Montrose Daily Press. His law degree is from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and Serra also worked as intern with both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and public defender’s office in Missouri.
Locally, Serra was deputy district attorney in 1999, handling Montrose and Ouray cases, also according to the Daily Press. He also took care of Gunnison cases for a year, and moved to Delta when he was promoted to chief district attorney. Serra returned to Montrose upon further promotion to assistant district attorney. He’s also handled cases in Telluride, Nucla and Naturita.
Two executive orders signed by O’Brien are published below.