In May, I read several news stories about Colorado Springs cop Joshua Carrier facing charges that he sexually abused kids at Mann Middle School. The stories tracked the court process as it chugged along, and also reported the officer's employment status. (He later resigned.)
But nobody seemed to be answering the questions I wondered about, because, apparently, nobody seemed to be asking them.
Why was the cop allowed to be alone with kids? Or was he? How could this continue over so many months? Or did it?
Had anyone raised questions about him in the past? If so, who and how? What was his record as a police officer? Had he been in trouble before?
Also, with bulldog lawyer Rick Levinson representing more than half the alleged victims and their families, are taxpayers at risk for a big payout?
Arrest affidavits in the case are sealed, and no one in the Colorado Springs Police Department or School District 11 is currently fielding questions about Carrier. So we certainly don't have all the answers in our cover package.
But what we do have are some more constructive things to think about beyond, "Did he do it?" (That question, by the way, is one that Carrier's attorney would urge all of us to leave in a jury's hands; he's concerned that the media has indicted his client in an "uninformed rush to judgment.")
Our reporting begins here.