Late on the night of Oct. 14, four days before a raft of supporters publicly called on him to suspend his campaign, Broomfield City Council member and mayoral candidate Kevin Kreeger hosted about a dozen political allies for a meeting at his home.
He confessed to them that in 2006, while he was married, he had what he said was consensual sex with a hitchhiker in Clear Creek County who later accused him of sexual assault, four people who attended that meeting told The Denver Post.
These sources and several others close to the situation said they were not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting, but agreed to discuss it with The Post on the condition of anonymity in order to shed light on why Kreeger’s political allies had turned on him.
Kreeger, 48, told attendees of the Oct. 14 meeting that details of the 2006 case are sealed. Asked again about it on Monday, he declined to comment and referred The Post to a new statement posted to his campaign site.
“The file was sealed due to false and unfounded allegations against me,” Kreeger said in the statement. He did not elaborate on how specifically the case was resolved. There is no publicly available record of any 2006 case in Clear Creek County involving Kreeger.
The district attorney there, Bruce Brown, said, “I can’t confirm or deny anything,” when reached by phone Monday. Brown also said his district would never seal records for any adult convicted of sexual assault.
Sources who were at the meeting said Kreeger didn’t provide many details, but that he did emphasize that the woman in the case was “crazy and unwell.”
His explanation of the 2006 case was not enough to convince the allies to stick with him, and many of them withdrew support or called on him to exit the race — though without acknowledging what revelations had prompted their reactions.
“I support the decision of those who have withdrawn support from Mr. Kreeger and will stand beside them through any consequences of that decision,” said state Rep. Matt Gray, a former top prosecutor in Broomfield. “Aside from the legal implications of the incidents in question, the ultimate question is whether Mr. Kreeger is the right person to lead the city.”
Present at Kreeger’s home for the Oct. 14 meeting were five council candidates and a number of campaign staffers — all of whom, like Kreeger, identify with Broomfield’s progressive, anti-fracking political wing. Sources told The Post that the candidates pressured Kreeger the next morning to exit the race, and that he told them he would think about it.
As of Monday, Kreeger remained a candidate for mayor, along with Pat Quinn and Kimberly Groom. Five of Broomfield’s 10 council seats are up for grabs, and Kreeger has been running alongside a slate of five council hopefuls — Jean Lim, Laurie Anderson, William Lindstedt, Stan Jezierski and Heidi Henkel — who all promise, among other things, to crack down on fracking in the city and county of roughly 70,000.
Past allegations come to light
The Oct. 14 meeting was not the first time Kreeger had disclosed darker aspects of his past to his allies. In August he hosted another meeting at his house to let them know that he had patronized a prostitute in Cook County, Illinois, in the mid-1990s, sources said. He was convicted in that case, a court spokeswoman in Chicago confirmed. Broomfield allies stuck by his side following the August revelation.
The latest meeting was more serious.
“He said he was accused of sexual assault” in 2006, said one council candidate present at the meeting. “The situation he described was uncomfortable, and it was a situation a mayor shouldn’t be in. The timeframe he gave was that he was living in Broomfield, he had kids and a wife, he picked up a random person on the side of the road” — in Clear Creek County, either in or near Georgetown — “and engaged them in sexual acts.”
Sources said he told people at the meeting that he did not sexually assault the person he picked up, but that police showed up at his door some days or weeks after the fact to inform him of the accusation.
One source present for the Oct. 14 meeting said people in the room were “visibly disgusted” by Kreeger’s retelling.
“I can’t imagine where I’d pick someone up on the side of the road and end up in a sexual situation with them, especially given the power dynamics in that situation,” the same council candidate said. “Maybe he was telling the truth, but I didn’t believe him.”
By Oct. 15, it had become clear Kreeger would lose some political support. He was privately pressured to drop out that day by some progressive allies, and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Lafayette Democrat, quietly pulled his endorsement. Neguse was not available for an interview for this story, his spokeswoman said.
On Oct. 15, Kreeger’s campaign manager quit, and his campaign’s paid consultant followed soon after.
At 1 a.m. Wednesday, Kreeger sent a roughly 600-word email to supporters, with the subject line “Response to online hits.”
In this email, Kreeger vaguely alluded to the Clear Creek story that motivated so many of his allies to back off. He described the episode as “an instance of marital infidelity,” which he said he regrets. The email states that the story “is grossly running out of control with false rumors and lies.”
“It started by referencing a file that was sealed by the court to protect my reputation. The innuendo is that a sealed file must be bad, when in reality it was sealed because I was the victim of a false and defamatory accusation,” Kreeger said in the email. “The rumors then grew into insinuations that the allegation was not only true, it was even more extreme. As of the sending of this email, the latest iteration is that it’s not only true and more extreme, and also just happened. I have no idea where it will go next.”
It’s not clear what Kreeger meant in his references to “more extreme” details being tacked on to his story.
It’s also not clear why the story has surfaced at all. Sources close to Kreeger said they can only speculate as to who might have leaked information about the 2006 case. Kreeger, in his Wednesday email to supporters, claimed that “the people spreading these rumors are easily identifiable as those who despise me for my stance on oil and gas and honest government,” but he provided no evidence of that, and did not answer questions from The Post about it.
“My darkest moments”
The first outlet to report on Kreeger’s criminal history was The Colorado Business Daily, a conservative-backed online publication that on Oct. 10 reported Kreeger had been caught having sex with a prostitute near his then-home in Chicago. About a week later, the same publication reported that in the mid-1990s, also in Chicago, Kreeger was arrested for injuring a police officer. The clerk of the circuit court in Cook County confirmed these cases by phone Monday.
Since Friday, prominent Broomfield politicians and candidates have both publicly and privately withdrawn endorsements without addressing the specific allegations other than vague references in Facebook posts to “recent revelations” or “recent news.” The withdrawals include representatives from Congress, the statehouse and Broomfield.
Some feel more conflicted. Council candidate Laurie Anderson, who was present at the Oct. 14 meeting at Kreeger’s house, said, “I’m not OK with what he did in the past, but we’re here in the present.” As for whether Kreeger should stay in the race, she said, “He needs to make that choice for himself. He has a ton of support from his constituents still.”
On Kreeger’s campaign site there’s another , published Sunday, in which he decries “inaccurate rumors” and briefly details the “unsafe and unstable” environment in which he grew up. He said he has “fixed my life, straightened myself out,” and thanked those who’ve stood by him.
“My darkest moments are being put on display for all to see and judge,” he said in the statement. “I don’t believe the only people who should be allowed in government are people who have never made mistakes. It is with this in my heart that I commit to staying in the race for Mayor.”
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