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Sex assault charge added for peeping, stalking suspect

Released on Thursday, August 8, 2019
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  • Morsbach booking photo

Fort Collins Detectives have new evidence linking James Morsbach to an unsolved sexual assault.

On May 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 a.m., police responded to a residence on the 600 block of Sherwood Street. The victim told police that she woke up to find an unknown male sexually assaulting her. Evidence was collected, but a suspect was not identified.

James Morsbach was arrested in May 2019 on a variety of charges related to stalking and window peeping incidents on Sherwood Street. Following his arrest, detectives were able to link evidence from the 2018 assault to Morsbach. He remains in the Larimer County Jail and additional charges have been filed:

  • Sexual Assault (class 3 felony)
  • Second Degree Burglary (class 3 felony)

Morsbach and the victim did not know each other, and detectives are concerned that additional people may have been victimized. A photo of the suspect is attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

“Sexual assault is a widely under-reported crime,” said Corporal Tessa Jakobsson, who supervises in the Crimes Against Persons Unit. “Our officers, detectives, and victim advocates are sensitive to the impact of this trauma and strongly encourage victims to come forward so we can connect them with recovery resources and hold perpetrators accountable.”

Anyone who may have been victimized by Morsbach, who has not already spoken to police, is encouraged to contact Detective Brandon Barnes at 970- 416-2051.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all arrested parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.