The Legal Herald Logo
Legal Analysis By Attorneys
Breaking Legal News

Boulder, Colorado - Michael Smith is 2nd Member of Boulder Shambhala Accused of Child Sex Abuse

Boulder Shambhala Center
Published: July 1, 2019
By: Joe LaFrance
Last Updated on December 11, 2020

Boulder Shambhala Member Accused of Sex Abuse in Colorado & Vermont

A second member of the Boulder Shambhala has been arrested on allegations of child sex abuse. 54-year-old Michael Smith was arrested last week and charged with sexual assault on a child from somebody in a position of trust. There are two alleged victims in this case.

The first victim reported that Smith had sexually assaulted her several times, beginning in 1997 when she was 13 years old. This victim told police that she knew Smith through membership in the Boulder Shambhala.

A second victim contacted the Boulder police and told them that Smith had sexually assaulted her at a Buddhist retreat center in Barnet, Vermont when the victim was 11 years old. Police in Vermont are currently investigating those allegations.

Both of these victims contacted authorities after news broke concerning alleged sexual abuse by another former member of the Boulder Shambhala - 71-year-old William Lloyd Karelis, who was charged in February with sexual assault on a child.

Boulder police are concerned that there may be more victims and have urged anyone with information to contact Boulder Police Detective Ross Richart at 303-441-1833.

Dan Lipman Co Lawyer
Hi, I’m attorney Dan Lipman. I’m a lawyer here in Colorado, and if you or a loved one were injured in an accident, I’d be happy to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.
(888) 997-3792

Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Abuse in Religious Organizations

Attorney Dan Lipman specializes in helping survivors of sex abuse find justice in civil cases. Here are a few general thoughts from Dan concerning legal recourse for victims of sexual abuse in religious organizations:

Sexual abuse is a widespread crisis affecting several different religious organizations. Sexual predators are known to seek out positions of authority and trust, including as leaders in religious organizations. The religious organizations in our communities must stay aware of the dangers of sexual predators and do all in their power to keep their followers safe from sexual violence.

Some cases of sexual abuse in religious groups only occur due to negligence by leadership, such as keeping allegations within the community instead of reporting them to law enforcement. In cases of negligence, the victims of these heinous crimes may have the right to file a lawsuit against the organization.

If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual abuse in a religious community, you can learn more about your family's legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney in a free consultation.

Got A Tip Or Questions 
About A Story?
Call Us!
The Legal Herald
888-997-3792
About the Author
Joe LaFrance
About Joe LaFrance
Editor: Joe is a content writer with a focus on the legal field. He covers cases of sexual abuse, drunk driving, and preventable violent crime for the Legal Herald. Contact Joe: [email protected] This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
Read some recent posts
  • Details
  • Incident

Find A Local Lawyer

Want To Contribute Breaking News? 
Contact Us Today
Legal Herald Logo[email protected]
10355 Kensington Shore Dr. #102
Orlando, FL 32827
Call: (888) 997-3792
© 2020 The Legal Herald, a division of Eagle Peak Marketing, LLC. All rights reserved.

We would like our readers to know that the information in this story may be sourced from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will correct them if and when they are brought to our attention or we discover them through our editing process. If you have any concerns about this post, please contact us immediately and we will rectify issues. DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this post is for general informational purposes. It is not intended to constitute or express legal or medical advice. Any laws referenced herein are substantially based on general legal principles and may not be applicable to your particular situation. Laws can often be different from one jurisdiction to the next. The Legal Herald is not a law firm. Law firms and lawyers from around the country may apply to become a sponsor or contributor to The Legal Herald.
SitemapDisclaimer / Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy