Pueblo police officer accused of sexually assaulting domestic violence victim

Officer Ben Candelaria / Pueblo Police Department
Officer Ben Candelaria / Pueblo Police Department

PUEBLO, Colo — A Pueblo police officer is facing charges after he sexually assaulted a crime victim early Thursday morning, according to the police department.

Police said around 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Officer Ben Candelaria responded to a call about a man and woman fighting. The man was arrested on charges of assault/domestic violence and violation of a protection order. Candelaria finalized paperwork with the woman to finish the investigation.

Later Thursday, the woman went to the hospital to get treatment for injuries sustained in the assault, according to the police department. She told hospital employees she had been touched by a police officer, but had limited memory of it because she had been drinking before the assault.

Hospital employees told police, who began an investigation. Candelaria was arrested Friday. He is on administrative leave until further notice.

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