Suspect arrested in 2013 Boulder sex assault case

Chad Litchard arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a victim incapable of appraising conduct

Chad Litchard

The suspect in a 2013 sexual assault has been arrested after the named victim in the case decided to press charges.

Chad Jarrett Litchard, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual assault on a victim incapable of appraising conduct.

According to an arrest affidavit, Boulder police were called to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Westminster on Nov. 1, 2013, for a woman who came in reporting a sexual assault.

The woman told police she went to a female friend’s house with another female friend to have drinks. At some point in the party, one of the woman’s friends invited Litchard and a few of his friends to the house.

The woman said she became intoxicated, and went into a bedroom to sleep fully clothed. She told police that she remembered Litchard talking to her on the edge of the bed at one point, and then remembered him sexually assaulting her even though she told him to stop.

Police talked to the other women at the party, who saw Litchard coming out of the bedroom. They then saw the named victim naked in the bed and upset, and told Litchard and the rest of the men to leave.

The woman called her mother for a ride to the hospital, where nurses performed a sexual assault examination. Police also collected the bed sheets and clothing from the house.

However, at the time, the woman told police she did not want to press charges, and the case was closed.

But in August 2019, the woman came to police and told them she did want to move forward with charges, according to the affidavit.

Police contacted Litchard, who refused to speak to police through an attorney but did provide his DNA. That DNA was submitted along with the evidence and the sexual assault kit, but results were not ready at the time the affidavit was written.

Litchard was charged twice with alcohol possession by a minor, but no other criminal history in Colorado, according to online court records.

He was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled for a formal filing of charges on Monday.

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