Published: Oct. 12, 2018

On Thursday night, the University of Colorado Boulder sent an alert to the campus community about a report of a fondling and trespassing case that occurred inside a NightRide vehicle. Late Friday morning, the suspect in that case turned himself in at the lobby of the Boulder Police Department. CU Police officers responded and interviewed the suspect. The victim confirmed the suspect’s identity. 

CU Police then arrested Ashten Johnson Talley, a 29-year-old man from Vail, Colorado, on the following charges: First-degree criminal trespass (a felony), physical harassment, computer crime for unlawfully accessing the victim’s smartphone and second-degree criminal tampering of the phone. Talley was booked into Boulder County Jail without incident.

Further investigation determined that Talley touched the victim. But, at this time, there is no evidence that the actions were sexual in nature and or met the legal definition of a sex crime. 

According to witnesses, Talley was intoxicated at the time and also asked a student in her personal car if he could get a ride shortly before 10 p.m.