Suspect in 2005 Buck case said he knew it was rape

Ken Buck

As first reported by the Colorado Independent Monday, the 2005 rape case that Weld County DA and current U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck declined to prosecute in 2006 just won’t go away.

While Buck claims the case was so flawed as to have been impossible to prosecute, the fact is the suspect virtually confessed, according to a police transcript (below) of a phone call between the victim and suspect.

In establishing whether there were grounds to arrest the suspect, Greeley police had the victim phone the suspect from the police station. That call was recorded and entered into evidence.

In the call, this exchange takes place:

Victim: “You do realize that … it’s rape.”

Suspect: “Yeah, I do.”

Victim: “Like in a number of different ways, because I didn’t want to do it and because I was intoxicated and because I was afraid.”

Suspect: “Yes I do. I know.”

To read the complete transcript, see below. This recording was made without the suspect’s knowledge.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.


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