WATCH: A Vancouver Island man has been charged with six counts of sexual assault in connection with the assault of a 27-year-old woman. Monica Martinez has the latest. But first a warning – some of the content in this story is not appropriate for all viewers.
It was supposed to be a fun night, a woman celebrating her 27th birthday, but instead, she became a victim of a horrific crime.
Colby James Messer was in Denver, Colorado for the Broncos Game with three of his buddies, all from Vancouver Island, when they allegedly met the victim at a bar.
According to court documents, the woman remembers drinking with them, but does not remember going to the men’s hotel room at the Grand Hyatt.
When she woke up she felt she had been sexually violated and told police she did not consent.
“This is a sexual assault that not just involves multiple suspects but involves objects in a hotel room,” said Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
The hotel room telephone, remote control and lamp based were used in the sexual assault.
Denver Police used hotel surveillance footage and DNA testing to identify the suspects.
The incident occurred last November, but Messer was arrested when he re-entered the United States earlier this month to go to Las Vegas, reportedly to propose to his girlfriend.
He faces six counts of sexual assault.
Sources tell CHEK News 30-year-old Colby Messer, and the three other suspects, went to Alberni District Secondary School.
He competed in wake boarding competitions on Sproat Lake.
After high school he studied at the University of Victoria, working odd jobs.
On his online resume, it states he worked as a logistics manager at the Coulson Group for several months, negotiating international fire fighting contracts for the Martin Mars.
But in a statement, the Coulson Group told CHEK News he only worked for the company for 10 days as a labourer helping refuel the plane.
Another company, H2X Contracting in the West Shore also confirmed Messer worked for them as a manual labourer, not as an operations manager as he claims in his resume. They say his duties are fabricated.
Messer was released from custody after posting a U.S. $300,000 cash bond.
He surrendered his passport and must remain in Denver wearing a tracking device.
Court documents show the three other Vancouver Island men are suspects in the case, and an investigation is ongoing.