Sex Assault Suspect Jailed Again
Peter Kim Surprised by Courtroom Arrest

By Vanessa Miller
Daily Camera
December 20, 2007

Peter Kim apparently thought his appearance in Boulder County District Court on Thursday morning would be a routine rescheduling of a hearing for an alleged bond violation stemming from his arrest on sexual assault charges.

But, after a judge reset Kim's bond-violation hearing for Jan. 4, a prosecutor asked that Kim be held for 15 minutes because there was a new warrant for his arrest. Deputy District Attorney Adrian Vannice said Kim's bond had been revoked -- triggering the arrest warrant -- after he was jailed in November on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bond for the third time.

"What am I waiting for?" Kim, 40, asked the court.

"Apparently the district court signed an order for your arrest on a bond violation," Boulder County Judge Noel E. Blum explained. "You can't leave until we clear this up."

Kim, who has been free on bond, whispered with his parents in the public section of the courtroom until Vannice returned a short time later with the signed order for Kim's arrest. As he was handcuffed, Kim's mother wept openly and his father choked back tears.

"I don't know what's going on," Kim's father said after his son was taken to the Boulder County Jail.

Kim's attorney, Steve Louth, said two arrests can stem from one bond violation: A person can be jailed for the crime they're suspected of committing by violating the terms of their bond; and the person can be arrested again when their bond is revoked.

Kim's new bond is set at $50,000, but that might change -- along with the conditions of his bond -- when he's back in court today.

Kim is accused of sexually assaulting a child he met at a Longmont church -- a case that resulted in a deadlocked jury in November. His bond-violation arrest came days after his trial ended.

He was booked on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond by being around minors other than his own children at Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette. His other two bond-violation arrests came after police said he went to his children's elementary school holiday celebration and school sporting events.

Kim posted bond in all three of those arrests. He also posted a $150,000 bond in connection with the original sexual-assault charges.

He's expected to be tried again in June on charges of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust after prosecutors said he had a sexual relationship between January 2001 and January 2004 with a minor he met at Longmont's Central Presbyterian Church, where he was a youth pastor.

Kim has a prior misdemeanor conviction for having a relationship with a teen he met while working with children at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church about 10 years ago.

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