A Boulder man has been arrested after reportedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl after promising her drugs to lure her to his apartment on multiple occasions.
Ian Clarke Morrison, 36, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual assault with use of force, sexual assault on a child under 15 by a person in a position of trust, child enticement and false imprisonment.
Morrison was released on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond and is set for a formal filing of charges on Friday.
According to an affidavit, the parent of a teen girl reported the case to Longmont police in December after discovering evidence the girl was having sex with an adult on the girl’s phone.
The assaults were referred to Boulder police, as the girl said the suspect, who she only knew as Ian, lived in Boulder and would order her rides to bring her to his apartment.
The girl told police that she met Morrison on an app called Whisper in early 2020 and that they then started to exchange texts. The girl said she was 13 and then 14 years old during the text exchanges and then their subsequent meetings, and said Morrison knew how old she was.
In June or July, the girl said Morrison arranged for her to come to his apartment, where he gave her marijuana and then had sex with her.
During the second meeting, the girl said she smoked methamphetamine and was “out of it” due to the drugs, and did not consent to everything that had happened, according to the affidavit.
The girl said she does not remember everything that happened that second time, but knows they had sex. She also said that, based on pain and what Morrison later told her, Morrison during this visit tied her up at one point.
A witness who knew the girl told police her demeanor noticeably changed after the time when the alleged assaults occurred.
Under the supervision of Boulder police, the girl sent Morrison a text asking to meet up again, and detectives were able to get an address from the ride he ordered and find Morrison’s information through a database.
According to the affidavit, the girl confirmed Morrison was the man she had seen after looking at his photo. The girl’s description of how to get to Morrison’s apartment also matched up with what police later observed at the complex.
In addition, police said that during the text conversation Morrison admitted to giving the girl drugs and referred to her sleeping in his bed.
Morrison has no prior arrests in Colorado, according to state online records.
However, in a news release Wednesday Boulder police expressed concern there could be more victims after the department revealed further investigation uncovered “sexually explicit material of children.”
Anyone who may have information about any incidents that could be related is asked to call Detective Beth McNalley at 303-441-3336 and reference case 20-12090. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or crimeshurt.com.