An unknown number of children were sexually abused by Jeremy Costley (pictured). Some of the children were homeschooled.
Costley was a “sovereign citizen” and “self-proclaimed common-law marshal” who lived with his family—a woman and several children—in a remote off-the-grid “ramshackle shack” in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Reports indicate that the abuse may have come to light when Costley was arrested after he refused to cooperate during a traffic stop, prompting authorities to investigate the circumstances of his family, who were present during the traffic stop. Costley was charged with sexual assault of a child, aggravated incest, and child abuse.
Date: May 2, 2017
Location: Costilla County, Colorado