- Associated Press - Sunday, October 19, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - The Denver District Attorney’s Office says it will not file charges against state Sen. Steve King over accusations he violated state disclosure laws because there is not enough evidence.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Joe Morales said some of the allegations were beyond the statute of limitations, while others were ambiguous.

Some of the allegations against King, a Republican from Grand Junction, accused him of failing to disclose income from a $17,850 contract King had with then-Mesa State College, and two employment stints in 2012 and 2013.

King’s Personal Financial Disclosure Statements did not show income from the college, which has since changed its name to Colorado Mesa University.

King did show that he received income from American National Protective Services Inc., a security firm that King and his then-wife co-owned and operated, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Sunday (https://tinyurl.com/nu3ajbq).

Morales said even if that earned income were within the 18-month statute of limitations, King could reasonably argue that he did disclose the money.

“Under this broad question, if a person forms an entity and runs his business from that entity, and is paid by the entity, that is his source of income,” Morales said. “Therefore, he has a very good defense that when working for CMU, it was as president of ANPS, and that is where he believed his income is derived.”

King did not return a phone message left Sunday at his office.

Morales said King had no legal requirement to disclose his two employment stints with the college in 2012 and 2013 because he wasn’t working for the university at the time he made the disclosures, which are filed annually in January.

Secretary of State spokesman Andrew Cole has said that legislators must include income sources they made in any given year in their following January filing. Morales, however, disagreed, saying there’s nothing in the law that says that’s the case.

“If King felt that his income was through ANPS, then there is no failure to disclose at any time,” Morales said. “When assessing a complaint, we must take into account reasonable defenses. This would be the defense, and one I do not think I can overcome.”


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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