Police believe a Colorado man accused of posing as an ex-Denver Broncos football player in order to defraud a woman out of a large amount of money may have had many other victims.
Castle Rock Police arrested James Otis Turner, 49, of Highlands Ranch on Friday on allegations that he defrauded the woman, who went to the authorities about the alleged theft in October, police announced Wednesday.
Turner allegedly “claimed to be former Denver Bronco football player, Dante Sir Foster,” an undrafted wide receiver, even though he “has no affiliation with the Denver Broncos or the National Football League,” police said.
It is not clear exactly how Turner allegedly stole the money.
However, he has been charged with theft, forgery, identity theft and criminal impersonation. He has since been released.
Police don't think the woman from October was his only victim. Turner was also arrested in October in connection with an unrelated sexual assault that occurred in Arapahoe County. It's not clear if he was ever charged in connection with that incident but the investigation did apparently connect some dots.
“As a result of their investigation, several women have come forward indicating Turner identified himself to them as a Denver Bronco,” police noted.
Police spokesman Joe Cybert told the Denver Post that investigators think he may have victimized others.
“We’re hoping this will prompt women who did not realize, or did not report that they were a victim of this guy, to come forward,” he said.
A woman filed a temporary restraining order against Turner in October for alleged domestic abuse, according to the Denver Post. It’s unclear if that woman is one of the other two alleged victims or completely separate.
“Anyone who may have information regarding this crime or other unreported crimes related to James Turner, aka Dante Sir Foster, is asked to contact the Castle Rock Police tip line at 720-733-3517 or by email at CrimeTips@CRgov.com,” police stated.
The real Donte Foster was approached by The Denver Post to comment on the arrest of Turner.
“Yeah I’ve heard,” he replied. “Sad to hear.”
[Photo: Castle Rock Police Department]
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