Serra accuser continues testimony

MONTROSE — Had former prosecutor Myrl Serra simply walked away from a confrontation with a former female employee, he never would have found himself in court as a defendant in a bond-violation case, the woman testified Tuesday.

Serra, the former district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, is charged with three counts, one a felony, related to the Dec. 5, 2010, incident in the Bealls Department Store, 2201 S. Townsend Ave.

Serra was under a court order issued Nov. 3, 2010, to have no contact with the woman, who was involved in an investigation that resulted in the filing of a series of allegations of misconduct in his office, including felony and misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact, three counts of indecent exposure and official misconduct.

The woman recounted for a jury how Serra approached a clothes rack behind which she was hiding and stared at her in what she interpreted as an effort to intimidate her. He then smirked, she said.

“If he would have acted as if he shouldn’t be there. We wouldn’t be here,” she said, referring to the three-day trial on the department-store confrontation.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, also presented testimony from the woman’s son, as well as that of a store employee and videotapes taken from the store.

Although the witnesses corroborated the woman’s testimony that she was leaving the store, but retreated inside when she saw Serra approaching, none testified to seeing the confrontation, which occurred in an area not covered by one of the store’s seven cameras.

The trial continues today.


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