William Lloyd Karelis & Michael Smith, Boulder, Colorado (arrested Feb/June 2019)[child sex assault]

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    Mixed results thus far:​
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    William Lloyd Karelis

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    Michael Smith


    Two accused:
    • William "Bill" Lloyd Karelis, 70, teacher & meditation instructor at Boulder Shambala Center, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado, arrested Feb, 2019, for "sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust"
    • Michael Smith, 54, teacher at Boulder Shambala Center, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado, arrested June 2019 for "suspicion of sexual assault on a child"


    Teacher suspected of sexually assaulting child since 2000 in Boulder

    A teacher and meditation instructor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child dating to 2000 and there might be more victims, the Boulder Police Department said Friday. William Karelis, 70, was arrested for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, police said. The victim was allegedly assaulted by Karelis several times beginning in 2000 when she was 13 years old. Police said Karelis was introduced to the victim while he served as a teacher and leader at meditation retreats at the Shambhala, a Buddhist community, police said. Police believe that over the ...


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    William "Bill" Lloyd Karelis, Michael Smith, Boulder Shambala Center, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado
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    Boulder man accused of sexually assaulting girl he met through Buddhist community

    A 71-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a teen he met through the Shambhala Buddhist community in Boulder and groomed in the early 2000s before he was expelled from the community. Boulder police arrested William Lloyd Karelis, 71, on Friday on a charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. The child was sexually assaulted by Karelis several times, starting in 2000 when she was 13 years old, police said. Karelis met the young girl at the Shambhala Center, a Buddhist community, when he was a teacher and leader at meditation retreats. ...


    Statement from Shambala Interim Board:

    William Karelis was a member of the Shambhala community from its early days. In response to inquiries from the Boulder Police Department, Shambhala confirmed that Mr. Karelis was the subject of two Care and Conduct complaint procedures in 2002 and 2008. These were initiated by women who alleged that he had behaved inappropriately towards them. Due to his failure to comply with Shambhala’s Care and Conduct procedure, Mr. Karelis's teaching and meditation instructor credentials were suspended in 2004 and later permanently revoked in 2008. Owing to procedural disputes between Mr. Karelis and Shambhala’s Care and Conduct officers in both cases, neither resulted in an agreed resolution. Mr. Karelis resigned from the organization in 2009. None of the complaints received by Shambhala involved minors or reports of criminal behavior. Shambhala has always and will continue to comply with mandated reporting concerning minors. We also have and will continue to cooperate with and fully support the ongoing BPD investigation.​

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    Teacher at meditation center arrested for child sex assault

    Police in Colorado have arrested a teacher from a Buddhist meditation center for the sexual assault of a teenage girl. The Boulder Police Department said Friday that 71-year-old William Llyod Karelis had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. It is not clear if Karelis has an attorney to comment on the arrest. Police say Karelis was a teacher and leader during meditation retreats at the Boulder Shambhala Center and sexually assaulted the girl multiple times since 2000, when she was 13. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that police ...


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    Man arrested in child sex assault case may have been victimizing others for decades

    A man arrested in Boulder for sexually assaulting a child may have been victimizing others for decades, according to a release from the Boulder Police Department. "The Boulder PD did conduct a very thorough investigation, talked to many many people who were in the community during the time and possibly had information about the incident," Michael Dougherty, Boulder District Attorney, said. Bill Karelis, 71, was arrested for sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. Karelis allegedly sexually assaulted the victim multiple times, beginning in 2000, when she was 13 years old, a news release from ...


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    Teacher at Boulder's Shambhala accused of sexually assaulting girl

    was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to a release from the Boulder Police Department. According to the release, Karelis met the girl thr...


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    Teacher at meditation center arrested for child sex assault

    Police in Colorado have arrested a teacher from a Buddhist meditation center for the sexual assault of a teenage girl. The Boulder Police Department said Friday that 71-year-old William Llyod Karelis had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. It is not clear if Karelis has an attorney to comment on the arrest. Police say Karelis was a teacher and leader during meditation retreats at the Boulder Shambhala Center and sexually assaulted the girl multiple times since 2000, when she was 13. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that police ...


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    Teacher at Boulder’s Shambhala accused of sexually assaulting girl

    A former teacher at Boulder’s Shambhala Center is accused of sexually assaulting a girl he was mentoring in the early 2000s, and police say the Buddhist community was aware of other allegations of inappropriate conduct against the instructor when it revoked his credentials in 2004. William Lloyd Karelis, 71, was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust in a case that dates to the early 2000s, according to the Boulder Police Department. Police said they believe there were more victims over the span of 30 years, and asked anyone ...


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    Shambhala Teacher Faces Accusations of Sexual Assault On A Child

    Boulder police have arrested a teacher and leader of meditation retreats at Boulder's Shambhala on charges of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust, according to a release from the Boulder Police Department. Police believe that William Lloyd Karelis, 71, assaulted the victim multiple times over 13 years, beginning in 2000 when she was 13 years old. Karelis was introduced to the victim through his position at Shambhala, according to the release. Boulder police believe that over a span of 30 years there may have been additional victims. Anyone who believes they or someone ...


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    Teacher at Boulder's Shambhala accused of sexually assaulting student expelled by community in 2003 over similar allegations

    A former teacher at Boulder’s Shambhala Center has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl he was mentoring through the program, and investigators say the Buddhist community was aware of other allegations of inappropriate conduct against the teacher when it expelled him back in 2004. William Lloyd Karelis, 71, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to a news release from the Boulder Police Department. Karelis on Friday afternoon appeared in court at the Boulder County Jail. The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office asked for a $10,000 bond ...


    Statement from Shambhala’s interim board:

    William Karelis was a member of the Shambhala community from its early days. In response to inquiries from the Boulder Police Department, Shambhala confirmed that Mr. Karelis was the subject of two Care and Conduct complaint procedures in 2002 and 2008. These were initiated by women who alleged that he had behaved inappropriately towards them. Due to his failure to comply with Shambhala’s Care and Conduct procedure, Mr. Karelis’s teaching and meditation instructor credentials were suspended in 2004 and later permanently revoked in 2008. Owing to procedural disputes between Mr. Karelis and Shambhala’s Care and Conduct officers in both cases, neither resulted in an agreed resolution.


    Mr. Karelis resigned from the organization in 2009. None of the complaints received by Shambhala involved minors or reports of criminal behavior. Shambhala has always and will continue to comply with mandated reporting concerning minors. We also have and will continue to cooperate with and fully support the ongoing BPD investigation.
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    Teacher at Boulder Shambhala Center arrested for child sex assault

    Police in Colorado have arrested a teacher from a Buddhist meditation center for the sexual assault of a teenage girl. The Boulder Police Department said Friday that 71-year-old William Llyod Karelis had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. It is not clear if Karelis has an attorney to comment on the arrest. Police say Karelis was a teacher and leader during meditation retreats at the Boulder Shambhala Center and sexually assaulted the girl multiple times since 2000, when she was 13. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that police ...


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    Teacher at Boulder's Shambhala accused of sexually assaulting student expelled by community in 2003 over similar allegations

    and investigators say the Buddhist community was aware of allegations against the teacher when it expelled him back in 2003. William Lloyd Karelis, 71, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a ...


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    Buddhist teacher arrested for alleged child sex abuse

    Police in Boulder, Colorado arrested a former teacher in the Buddhist group Shambhala International on allegations he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. William L. Karelis, 71, turned himself in on Friday after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday. Karelis faces one felony count of sexual assault on a child. ThinkProgress was first to report in December that police were investigating allegations of sexual assault against Karelis. His arrest was first reported by The Daily Camera. At Karelis’ arraignment Friday, a judge set a $10,000 cash-only bond. He was no longer booked in the Boulder County Jail ...


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    Former Shambhala teacher arrested for sexual assault of a child

    Police in Boulder, Colorado have arrested a former teacher in the Shambhala community, William Lloyd Karelis, on suspicion of sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of trust. Karelis allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl who he met through his position in Shambhala, according to a release from the Boulder Police Department. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that, according to an affidavit, Karelis met the girl through Shambhala when she was eight years old, and he was assigned to her as a meditation instructor. When she was around 13, she began spending weekends at Karelis’s house, ...


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    Shambhala report details findings of sexual misconduct against Buddhist spiritual leader with strong ties to Colorado

    An investigation commissioned by Shambhala International found what it characterized in a report released Sunday as two credible allegations of sexual misconduct by the leader of the Buddhist community, which was founded in Boulder and continues to have strong ties to Colorado. That leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, stepped aside from his role as head of Shambhala in July after the publication of a three-part report by Buddhist Project Sunshine detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against him. In a letter to followers at the time, Mipham acknowledged that past relationships he engaged in had caused “harm.” The nine members of Shambhala’s ...


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    Shambhala Investigation: Leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Likely Committed Sexual Misconduct

    A third-party investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Shambhala International has found that it was “more than likely” that the organization’s leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, committed sexual misconduct in two cases, according to a report released by Shambhala on February 3. The report, which was based on an investigation conducted by the law firm Wickwire Holm, also received “20 reports of sexual misconduct by other leaders”—and was made public shortly after Colorado authorities on February 1 arrested a former teacher at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Boulder on charges of sexually assaulting a child, the local Array reported. Wickwire ...


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    Buddhist group confirms leader’s ‘sexual misconduct’ but leaves his future up to him

    The head of the Buddhist group Shambhala International drunkenly kissed and groped a woman without her consent, pressured other women into sex, and sought sex from his female students for years, according to a report the group published Sunday. That report doesn’t say whether Sakyong Mipham will face any consequences. Meanwhile, one of the women Mipham allegedly assaulted said her life has been shattered since she decided to come forward. “Pursuing this, pursuing the truth coming out — that process has actually destroyed my faith and my health,” the woman, who asked not to be named out of concerns for ...


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    Shambhala leaders urge Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to “step back” amid new abuse allegations

    Longtime Shambhala leaders asked Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche — the hereditary ruler of the Colorado-born Buddhist community — to “step back” from his teachings Tuesday amid new allegations he engaged in “physical and psychological abuse.” More than 40 Shambhala spiritual leaders, known as Acharyas, signed the open letter to the Buddhist community. Many of them have known Mipham, whose title of Sakyong means king or “Earth protector,” for much of his life, and have been involved in Shambhala for decades. “We have an obligation to learn how to better hear and support those who have been abused, ignored or mistreated,” they ...


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    Shambhala discloses allegations of sexual assault, child abuse within Boulder-born Buddhist organization’s ranks

    Shambhala, the Buddhist organization founded in Boulder in the 1970s, released a report Tuesday detailing — but not substantiating — new allegations of sexual assault and child abuse within the organization, along with an internal failure to adequately address that abuse. The report was prepared by An Olive Branch, an organization hired by Shambhala in July that aims to help spiritual communities deal with harm and abuse. Its three-part report follows a year of turmoil within Shambhala as it grapples with allegations of abuse by its spiritual leader. “These reports are shining light on longstanding systems of harm and abuse ...


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    Sex assault case against former teacher at Boulder’s Shambhala moves to district court

    A Boulder County judge ruled there was enough evidence for the case against a former Shambhala teacher accused of sexually assaulting a girl he was mentoring to move to district court despite defense attorneys raising concerns about inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s statements. William Lloyd Karelis, 71, is charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse, a Class 3 felony. At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Boulder County Judge Kristy Martinez ruled there was probable cause for the case to be moved to district court. Karelis, ...


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    Another former Boulder Shambhala member accused of sexual assault on a child

    Another former member of Boulder’s Shambhala Center has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a child he was introduced to through the Buddhist community, and the named victim and her parents said Shambhala officials knew about the allegations at the time but decided not to go to police. Michael Smith, 54, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. According to a release, the named victim was sexually assaulted by Smith multiple times beginning in 1997 when she was 13 years old. According to an arrest affidavit, ...


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