A Colorado woman has been charged after allegedly leaking an affidavit with details surrounding the death of slain child, 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.
According to the 4th District Attorney’s Office, 53-year-old Brighton City Attorney Executive Administrator Sherie Farstveet is accused of leaking the affidavit to an online true crime group on April 2, a week before the judge planned to lift the seal on it. Authorities indicated that Farstveet had access and login credentials to the system.
“The reasons [the affidavit was sealed] included to protect the integrity of the investigation as it contained information known only to law enforcement and the persons involved in that investigation,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Allen said he doesn’t think the affidavit leak will hurt the case against Letecia Stauch, the woman accused of killing her stepson, Gannon, on January 27. However, Allen added, the leak didn’t give Gannon’s parents the chance to read over and digest the details with authorities before viewing it online.
“It was also sealed to protect Gannon’s parents and relatives. It was our plan … to present the affidavit to them and answer their questions before they saw it online or in the media. That is a courtesy I am sure everyone can understand.”
Farstveet, according to The Denver Post, has been placed on administrative leave while an internal city investigation into the matter continues. She’s been charged with one misdemeanor count of official misconduct.
Given the leak, a judge decided to officially release the affidavit early, on April 3.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Letecia Stauch was arrested in March for Gannon’s murder after he disappeared from the Lorson Ranch neighborhood in Colorado Springs on January 27. Prosecutors allege that Stauch killed Gannon inside their home while other family members were at work and school.
Stauch then disposed of Gannon’s body in or around Douglas County, Colorado, before ultimately dumping him under a bridge in Pace, Florida, prosecutors said. She’s facing numerous charges, including, in part, child abuse and murder.
Stauch remains behind bars at the El Paso County Jail in Colorado Springs. Her next hearing is scheduled for June.
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[Feature Photo: Gannon Stauch/Handout]