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Officials investigating vandalism of Boulder sex offender Zach Meints' car

10-29-2014 Colorado:

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is investigating the vandalism of Boulder sex offender Zach Meints' car earlier this month — and Meints' attorney said video of the incident is evidence Meints did not stab himself twice earlier this year as investigators allege.

Meints, a former Boulder youth hockey coach convicted in 2012 of Internet sexual exploitation, reported being stabbed twice in two weeks this spring, but was charged with false reporting after investigators concluded he inflicted the injuries himself.

Meints, 26, is facing four counts of false reporting to authorities, Class 3 misdemeanors, and one count of attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony.

But at a hearing in the case Wednesday, Meints' attorney played a surveillance video from Meints' Boulder County home on Oct. 7 that showed a person apparently writing something on Meints' vehicle and then throwing a barbell through the window.

Boulder County sheriff's spokeswoman Heidi Prentup confirmed investigators are looking into the case.

Scott Jurdem, Meints' attorney, said the video was evidence of an "alternate suspect" in the stabbing incidents.

"This is not a hypothetical alternate suspect," Jurdem said. "This is a situation where my client and his family feel they are in extreme danger."

An arraignment for Meints, who is free on bond, was delayed until Dec. 15. ..Source.. by Matt Sebastian

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