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Eagle County man arrested on sex assault charges


An elderly Eagle County man was arrested at his home Monday morning by detectives from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Salida office of the district attorney.  An arrest warrant charging Paul Eugene Breer, 81, with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust and one count of incest, both class four felonies, was signed Monday by Chaffee County Court Judge William Alderton.  Breer, whose residence is near Carbondale, was taken into custody with the assistance of Eagle County sheriff’s deputies.  He is being held on $100,000 bond in the Eagle County jail pending his transfer to Chaffee County.  Deputies seized several computers and other electronic devices from the house after the arrest.  They will be sent to an independent agency for forensic analysis.

Details of the alleged crime are being withheld by authorities to protect the victim’s identity.

According to Breer’s website, he is a retired Cornell University sociology professor who has worked as a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health and as a consultant for Dartmouth College Medical School.  He has published several novels and nonfiction books and has composed numerous musical works, according to the website. 

Authorities have reason to suspect that other persons have been victimized by Breer and are actively attempting to identify them.  Lead investigator is Detective Andy Rohrich of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.  Detective Rohrich asks that anyone having information about the case call him at his office, 719-530-5729.