Update: Robert Sigg, father of Austin Reed Sigg, the teenager accused of kidnapping and killing Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, has found himself in the spotlight since his son's arrest, with attention turning to the contrast between his media mogul credentials and a hefty criminal record; see our original coverage below. Now, he's issued a statement in the case as even more details about his background emerge.
Here's the statement Robert Sigg provided to the Denver media:
First, I would ask for your prayers and support for the Ridgeway family. There are no words to express the sorrow that I and my family feel for their pain they are suffering. We are devastated by the knowledge that my son, Austin Sigg, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of their beautiful daughter Jessica. This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin's mother, whose courageous act...unimaginably painful for any parent...has put this tragedy on the path to resolution. I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace.
Even as these comments surfaced, reporters continued to dig into Robert Sigg's considerable criminal file. Here's one mug shot that's surfaced, courtesy of CBS4....
...and here's another one. A number of Sigg's arrests date back to the 1980s, but several others have occurred within the past ten years, including one that led to a mortgage fraud conviction in 2006, several years after his divorce from Mindy Sigg, Austin's mom. The original Denver Business Journal report on the latter focuses on Gerald Small, a Broomfield man who was sentenced to 101 months behind bars and ordered to pay $37 million in restitution in relation to what's described as "a scheme to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus mortgages and multi-million-dollar lines of credit." Sigg's involvement earned him a sentence of time served and a restitution fee of just over $141,000 -- although the DBJ notes that the amount was subsequently reduced to $12,000 and was paid in full.
Not that this constitutes the sole example of Sigg's cash-related court matters. CBS4 reveals that he's been involved in what's characterized as dozens of civil cases over the years, with money consistently the issue.
In addition, the outlet reveals, Mindy Sigg filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year.
Below, see two reports -- one from CBS4, the other from 9News -- followed by our previous coverage, with details about Robert Sigg's media past and a clip showing what appears to be Austin wearing a wooden cross of the sort that became important evidence in the criminal investigation leading to his arrest.
Continue to read our original post, including photos and videos. Original post, 9:20 a.m. October 25: After the arrest of seventeen-year-old Austin Reed Sigg for the kidnapping and killing of Jessica Ridgeway, a Westminster elementary schooler, attention naturally turned to the suspect's dad, Robert Sigg, a man whose image as the self-styled ruler of a mini-media empire contrasts with his many arrests. Details and videos below -- including a shot of a younger Austin wearing a cross similar to one found by Westminster police.
Robert, who lives in a sprawling Parker mansion, seems to have done his best to wipe out an extensive online profile. Down at this writing is his personal website, RobSigg.com, the site for his Centennial-based company, Performance One Media, his LinkedIn account and even his Twitter feed. But plenty of cached remnants can still be found. Here's the ZoomInfo profile of Performance One Media.
Revenue: $5 mil.-$10 mil. Employees: 10-20
Company Description: We are experts in the consulting, planning, analysis and execution of customized Direct Response television media solutions. The industry norms have not proven effective enough for us; so we developed two distinct teams that work together to encompass every aspect of the multi-media industry. This, together with P-One's unique approach to an end-to-end custom media solution that 'blends' Per Inquiry, Media Buys and Interactive advertising, will help to drive down your cost-per-lead while simultaneously supplying critical trending data.
And here's his personal bio:
Rob Sigg has over 23 years of advertising, marketing and television media experience. Currently the President of Performance One Media, he leads his team of media experts to consistently find new and innovative methods of driving new business while maintaining unprecedented standards to bolster responses for existing clients.
Before launching P-One, Mr. Sigg spent over 8 years with Turner Media Group, which he helped launch from its inception. As President of TMG, Rob's natural execution-oriented style made for huge growth when he took them from a 3-man media agency to a 100+ employee power-broker within the media landscape. He pioneered, and was instrumental in, the development of TMG as the exclusive rep-firm for all media sales through Dish Networks. At its height, after bringing them to a revenue growth of 250MM, Rob made his exit in 2004.
In the years prior to TMG, Rob utilized his true entrepreneurial spirit and his insight to recognize how 'all-the-pieces-fit-together' to own and operate a number of businesses in the real estate, construction, spa and salon disciplines.
Articles also list Sigg as the owner and operator of In Country Television, which a 2010 post says is "currently available to over 33 million Dish Network (Channel 230) and DirectTV (Channel 344) subscribers. Millions more have access to its content via live streaming on www.incountrytelevision.com. Current programming focuses on hunting, fishing, motorsports, equine, and other outdoor recreational activities." Another 2010 piece touts the ICTV creation The American Agri-Women Show, described as "a weekly television program for farm and ranch women."
Today, clicking on the In Country Television link takes web surfers to a message that reads, "Future home of something quite cool."
Also still lingering are assorted videos apparently posted by Robert, including one about racing that features a snippet of what appears to be a young Austin wearing a cross necklace of the sort found by law enforcers investigating Jessica Ridgeway's murder. The complete video is below, but here's an image of the shot in question, courtesy of 7News, which made the discovery.
Continue to learn more about Robert Sigg, and to see a pair of videos. In addition, we came upon a video entitled "American Heroes," which features Robert and pals flying in some vintage aircraft. Here's an image from that clip, which is also on view below: Not mentioned in these videos is anything about Sigg's presumably less proud moments. As documented by Fox31, his criminal history dates back to 1983 and includes more than a dozen arrests. In addition to a bank-fraud conviction, the charges include DUI, selling and distributing drugs, burglary and assault, assault and battery, resisting/obstructing arrest, domestic violence, driving under the influence of drugs and being a habitual traffic offender.
Right now, the station says Sigg is in Mexico -- and his beautiful Parker home is being searched by authorities hoping to find any other information that could lead to the conviction of his seventeen-year-old son for incredibly shocking acts.
Here are the aforementioned videos.
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