Boulder student accused of raping fellow student in vehicle

Curran English, 18, charged with sexual assault

Curran English

Editor’s note: This article contains some graphic details that were included due to their relevance to the allegations and the defendant’s statements.

A Boulder student has been arrested after a female student said he sexually assaulted her in a vehicle in September.

Curran English, 18, has been charged with one count of sexual assault – overcoming victim’s will.

According to an affidavit, a woman went to police on Sept. 24 and said English assaulted her Sept. 1.

The woman told police English had reached out to her asking to talk, and she picked him up in her mom’s van and drove them to the “edge of the mountains” to talk.

According to the affidavit, the woman said she and English went into the van’s middle seats to talk, and then English tried to kiss her and began forcing himself on her. The woman said she pushed him off and told him to stop.

The woman said English then stopped and reclined his seat and began looking at his phone. But the woman said that when she leaned into the front seat to do something with the van’s radio, English sexually assaulted her.

According to the affidavit, the woman said she “froze” during the assault and didn’t say anything. Even though she did not want English to continue having sex with her, the woman told police she did not want to feel English ejaculate on her, so when he pulled out she told him she was on birth control and it was OK to finish inside her.

The woman told police she went “numb” during and after the assault and had a hard time processing the incident until she was able to talk to a counselor about it.

In a phone message exchange supervised by police, English denied sexually assaulting the woman and said “that’s not what happened,” and “if you told me to stop you know I would’ve.”

English in a later phone conversation admitted to “bad judgement,” according to the affidavit.

The woman said she considered English a “peer” and did not have a relationship with him. According to the affidavit, both English and the woman were students at the same school, though the name of the school was redacted.

However, previous Daily Camera reporting has identified English as a student at Boulder High School through his role on the soccer team. While he is still in high school, he was an adult at the time of the alleged assault.

He was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bond and is set for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.

The Boulder Valley School District said it could not release any information about English’s standing with the district at this time. The District Attorney’s Office said English’s bond conditions include no contact with the named victim, but does not specifically mention Boulder High School.

English has no criminal history in Colorado, according to court records.