Dan Hotsenpiller, a former Assistant U. S. States Attorney, will become acting district attorney in southwestern Colorado because the incumbent DA, Myrl Serra, had to step aside after sexual-misconduct charges were lodged against him.
Hotsenpiller, appointed the chief prosecutor for the state’s 7th Judicial District last week by District Judge J. Steven Patrick, will be sworn in on Jan. 10.
Serra was arrested in September and indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges accusing him of demanding sexual favors from women working in his office. He has denied the charges.
Hotsenpiller, who has been a defense attorney, once worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Grand Junction. In his new post, he will oversee prosecutions in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.