GJPD officer arrested for harassment

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Grand Junction Police announced the arrest of one of their own Friday night as Officer Courtney Crooks was taken into custody.

Crooks has been put on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest Friday by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Crooks is charged with one count of harassment. According to the arrest affidavit, this is not the first time Crooks has been accused of harassing the victim.

The charge stems from an alleged altercation August 18. According to the arrest affidavit, Crooks has been in several other related altercations dating back as far as February 2008, but the victim never reported it.

In an official statement, Police Chief Bill Gardner says, "This is something we take very seriously, and we will make sure each allegation is thoroughly investigated. Once the facts are known we will take the appropriate action."

Crooks was released Friday afternoon on bond after appearing in court on his charge. The Grand Junction Police Department is also conducting two internal investigations involving Crooks.

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