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Myrl Serra: Western Slope DA's affidavits tell tales of penis exposure, in-office masturbation

Myrl Serra, district attorney for the Western Slope's 7th Judicial District, was busted in September on charges of unlawful sexual conduct and indecent exposure. Details were withheld at that time -- but affidavits pertaining to his arrest have now been unsealed, and they tell a graphic story of inter-office sexual harassment against women who said they feared retribution.

The newly public documents include the Myrl Serra search warrant, the affidavit to support the arrest warrant and an affidavit in support of an order for non-testimonial identification evidence. They describe a man who allegedly took advantage of his position of power for sexual gratification on numerous occasions. The names of co-workers who say they were victimized have been redacted throughout.

In the first document, for example, a woman told investigators she had met Serra and other co-workers at a bar. Serra was reportedly already well in his cups at that point, and he subsequently followed the woman to her car, told her, "You have a nice ass," then placed his hand on her thigh.

At that time, the woman told him, "This is not going to happen," and it didn't -- but she provided investigators with names of other women who claimed not to have been so fortunate.

According to one woman, Serra suggestively asked her, "What will you do for me to get off work early?" She responded to this question by suggesting that she would bring donuts into the office, but he said he was on a diet. She then offered fruit, coffee and assorted consumables -- but Serra apparently had other things on his mind, reaching into his pants and taking out his penis. The woman said, "I do not want to do that," but according to the document, Serra didn't accept this answer, placing her hand on his penis and asking how it felt. He then said that if she would do him a favor, he'd do her a favor. She again said "no" as he touched her breast and then split as quickly as she could.

Investigators collected more such stories, including tales of marks left on wrists by Serra trying to force women to touch his penis. But one account is even more graphic. A woman said she was in Serra's office when he pulled the shades, told her, "You need to help a guy out," and removed his penis. He then placed her hand on his penis, and on this occasion, the terrified woman "followed through" and masturbated Serra. While doing so, she protested that the act was "wrong," to which he reportedly replied, "Oh, you know you like it. That's the kind of person you are." In the end, Serra finished himself off, ejaculating into a napkin that he tossed into a trash can when finished.

This week, Serra was formally charged with seven counts, including unlawful sexual contact and criminal extortion, both felonies. He's slated to return to court on February 11.

Page down to read the complete search warrant, as well as to see a larger version of Serra's mug shot:

 

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