Pueblo Man Arrested on Molestation Allegations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Authorities say the man who managed Sen. John McCain’s presidential-campaign office in Pueblo is in custody on suspicion of molesting young boys.

Sgt. Brett Wilson, with the Special Victim’s Unit of the Pueblo Police Department, says 52-year-old Jeffrey Claude Bartleson was arrested Wednesday on two warrants, each for sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust. He says each charge carries a $150,000 bond.

Wilson said he didn’t know if Bartleson had an attorney.

Bartleson was arrested last week on the same charge but bonded out. Authorities say he was re-arrested Wednesday after a campaign worker in the McCain office told police she believed Bartleson molested her 5-year-old son in October.

A police affidavit says another alleged victim reported being sexually assaulted by Bartleson when he stayed at the man’s home in Pueblo.

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