Jan 27, 2014

vAccording to the Denver Post, a sheriff’s deputy got three young teen girls drunk during an overnight visit to a Black Hawk casino last July, then tried to start a sexual relationship with one of them. Afterwards, he took video of them playing in the pool and was laying in bed with them, according to what police wrote in the arrest affadavit.

Paul Della Rosa, 52, a 14-year veteran of the department, has been held in the Gilpin County Jail on $10,000 bond since his Tuesday arrest. He has been charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, stemming from the casino visit, which police reports show happened in July.

The facts about the case just came out in November, when one of the girls’ mothers found hundreds of disgusting Facebook and text messages between him and her daughter and showed them to the Parker police detective. The detective has come to the conclusion that Della Rosa was “grooming” her for a possible sexual encounter.

Della Rosa told police that he took the girls – who were 14 and 15 at the time – to the casino, and stopped at a liquor store to buy himself some Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice. However, he insisted, “the girls kept bugging him so much to have some, he just gave in,” the affidavit says. Apparently, he didn’t do anything to stop them from drinking so much that one of ’em got sick and vomited in the hot tub.

He denied having sex with either of them, even though one girl told police she was uncomfortable with him filming them at the pool.

The investigation also showed he spent almost $50k gambling in Black Hawk between January and July, indicating some kind of gambling problem. He swears up and down, however, that he didn’t gamble while the girls were with him.

The investigation also showed Della Rosa spent about $49,000 gambling at Black Hawk between January and July; he told police he didn’t gamble while the girls were with him.

Della Rosa isn’t much of a “deputy”, anyway: His job description includes “processing inmate laundry at the Downtown Denver Detention Center”. His department spokesman, Maj. Frank Gale, said that he’s “off on his own time”, and that it’s not yet clear if he’ll be allowed to come back to work if he’s released.

“We don’t purport to know what happened until we’ve been presented with some more concrete facts,” Gale said.

This isn’t the only recent embarrassment for the sheriff’s department ; Last year, they had several “high-profile misconduct issues”. One of their deputies recently helped a convicted felon escape from jail by escorting him out in a sheriff’s uniform. The independent monitor of the city found that the department failed to investigate dozens of serious allegations of misconduct. And late last year, the second-highest-ranking member of the department suddenly resigned, being the subject of a misconduct probe.