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Detentions Deputy Charged with Official Misconduct


Salida, Colorado

Press Release
February 18, 2015
For Immediate Release

During the week of January 25, 2015 the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received information that a detentions deputy was possibly involved with introduction of contraband into the Chaffee County Detention Facility along with an allegation of a more serious charge.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office immediately launched an internal investigation into this situation. As a result of that investigation Kecia Ortega, a 21 year old detentions deputy became the subject of the investigation.
On January 28, 2015 Kecia Ortega was placed on paid administrative leave and on January 30, 2015 Ortega was issued a summons for First Degree Official Misconduct, a class 2 misdemeanor. This summons was issued after referring the case to the District Attorney’s Office. The summons was based on violating rules of the detention facility which are covered under state statute. This was determined after Ortega was found to be taking cigarettes into the detention facility and giving them to an inmate.
Kecia Ortega resigned her position with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s after being charged criminally.
The other more serious allegation was unfounded and remains part of the internal investigation of the sheriff’s office.
On February 11, 2015 Ortega appeared in Chaffee County Court and pled guilty to the charge of First Degree Official Misconduct.