Basketball referee arrested

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Lakewood police have arrested basketball referee Stephen Amador, 52, on charges of unlawful sexual contact.

Amador was arrested April 15 on a warrant that included nine separate charges of unlawful sexual contact involving four juvenile females.

Due to the nature of the charges and the juvenile status of the victim, no further details were available before press time.

Detectives were made aware of the inappropriate sexual contact that occurred during basketball games while Amador was refereeing.

According to police, the inappropriate contact occurred over a period of approximately 3 months beginning in December of 2012. The games took place at different schools in Lakewood.

Amador was not employed by the Colorado High School Athletic Association or by any school district.

He was an independent contractor and a registered official certified to work Colorado High School Activities Association sanctioned games.

He officiated for other area schools, leagues and age groups.

Amador was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on April 15 on the nine misdemeanor charges. It is unknown when he will make his initial appearance. The case will be presented to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for formal charging.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information that would assist in the investigation regarding Amador to contact Det. Anthony Gherardini at 303-987-7225.