Rep. Steve Lebsock's calendar claim disputed by Colorado Department of Agriculture employee

 

Embattled Colorado state Rep. Steve Lebsock was not at home on March 24, 2015, at 1:30 p.m., as he maintains, but in a meeting near his office, according to a state Department of Agriculture official, further calling into question Lebsock’s whereabouts on a day he allegedly committed an act of sexual misconduct.

Lebsock told Colorado Politics that he stands by his original position that he was not in the 1Up bar on March 24, as was alleged by former aide Cassie Tanner, insisting that he was home instead.

As to the calendar, “I’m not aware of that meeting” with the Department of Agriculture, he said. “2015 was three years ago. It’s hard to remember exactly every meeting I attended in March.”

During the Thursday morning joint caucus of the Colorado House, Lebsock, who is fighting for his political life, repeatedly questioned an investigator with the Employers Council about the details of a calendar from that day.

The calendar, according to Lebsock, was prepared by his now ex-wife, who was tracking his activities in preparation for a divorce. When she heard about the allegations of sexual misconduct, she contacted Lebsock and gave him the calendar.

The calendar, according to Lebsock, showed that he came home on March 24 at 1:30 p.m. Lebsock maintains his former wife is his witness that he was home that afternoon.

However, Colorado Department of Agriculture employee Duane Sinning’s calendar shows Lebsock as being present in a meeting on the state’s industrial hemp program later that same afternoon. Colorado Politics obtained a copy of Sinning’s calendar from that week, which showed Lebsock was in a meeting with several people, including Sinning and lobbyist Samantha Walsh of the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association and Andrew Freedman of the governor’s office. The meeting took place from around 12:30 or 1 p.m. to about 3 p.m.

Sinning’s recollection of the meeting is that it was likely about legislation on industrial hemp and some concerns expressed by hemp program registrants.

That’s verified by an email sent by Lebsock to the meeting participants, verifying that the meeting took place and who was in it, and sent at 3:13 p.m. that day.

Lebsock repeatedly hammered investigator Michele Sturgell during a Thursday morning joint caucus about the calendar, stating that he had offered her the original of his ex-wife’s calendar. Sturgell said in her report that the original was needed to in order to analyze handwriting, ink color and consistency. That request was denied, she said, and adding that withholding that information made her question the reliability of that evidence.

Lebsock insisted during the Thursday caucus that he had the original with him during one of their interviews. He indicated that he still has it and that Sturgell had only asked for a copy of it. She responded that he did not offer her the original.

House Majority Leader KC Becker of Boulder told Colorado Politics that “the evidence has been clear all along. There have been desperate attempts to discredit that evidence. We had a neutral and independent investigator do all of the research. I’m glad to know [about this new evidence]. I’ve always believed the women were being truthful to begin with. This is one more piece of evidence that shows Rep. Lebsock is going to do anything he can to discredit the investigator, the victims and this entire process. It’s further evidence of why we’re taking this action” to vote on expulsion on Friday.

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