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Boulder mental health worker pleads not guilty to failing to report sexual assault allegations against Aidan Atkinson

Marilyn Lori set for pre-trial conference in February

Marilyn Lori (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

A mental health worker, who had been embedded at Fairview High School, accused of failing to report sex assault accusations against Aidan Atkinson has pleaded not guilty in her case and is set for a pre-trial conference next month.

Marilyn Lori, 46, is charged with failing to report suspected child abuse, a Class 3 misdemeanor. Online court records indicated Lori pleaded not guilty and is set for a pre-trial conference on Feb. 20.

Lori, through her attorney James Merson, filed a motion in December waiving her right to speedy trial in asking for a February hearing date. Prosecutors did not file an objection, and the motion was granted by Boulder County Judge Zak Malkinson.

Lori remains free on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

Police in November arrested and charged Atkinson, 18, with three counts of sexual assault, one charge of attempted sexual assault, and five charges of unlawful sexual contact after police say he sexually assaulted multiple young women on a party bus in September 2018.

According to an affidavit, police say that prior to reporting the incident to a school resource officer in the fall of 2019, a female student had tried to report it a year ago to Lori, who was embedded at the school in 2018 through Mental Health Partners.

The student reportedly told Lori she was on the party bus for homecoming in 2018. She said she became too drunk to stand and sat next to Atkinson, who began to sexually touch her. The girl said she told Atkinson to stop and that others saw what was happening but did not intervene, and the girl said Atkinson’s behavior continued at a restaurant.

But according to the affidavit, the student said Lori instead made a “big deal” about her alcohol consumption on the night and made the student discouraged to talk about the incident further.

The student told police Lori never followed up with her on the matter.

According to the affidavit, police found Lori made a note of the report in an inquiry file at Mental Health Partners in October 2018, but never made a police report, which she was obligated to do as a social worker or mental health professional.

Officials with Mental Health Partners said Lori is no longer with Mental Health Partners and that Lori “did not follow Mental Health Partners policy, which is also state policy.”

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