Former hockey coach convicted of sex crimes arrested for false reporting

(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A former Boulder youth hockey coach, who was previously convicted of inappropriate texting with juveniles, was arrested Tuesday for false reporting to authorities.

Law enforcement arrested 23-year-old Zachery Meints Tuesday on attempt to influence a public servant and four counts of false reporting to authorities, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Meints registered with Boulder County as a sex offender following a December 2011 conviction for sending inappropriate text messages to juveniles he was associated with as a youth hockey coach.

The recent charges correlate to reports filed with the Sheriff’s Office and Boulder Police Department between March and April, deputies said.

Meints filed a burglary report at his parents’ home in the 600 block of Snowpeak Lane in Boulder on March 23. The former hockey coach reported that the back door of his parents’ home had been shattered with a brick and profanity was spray painted on the floor of the kitchen.

A second report, filed by Meints on March 31, stated that Meints was stabbed in front of his parents’ home. He told authorities he had arrived at the residence in the afternoon, exited his vehicle and, as he walked into the garage, someone stabbed him in the back and then fled.

Deputies said they searched the area with K-9 units, but never located a suspect.

The knife used in the incident was later found in the gutter of the garage roof.

Meints also reported receiving three threatening letters during March, deputies said.

Shortly before 3 p.m. on April 8, Meints told Boulder Police he was stabbed again, this time in the 2000 block of Pine Street after leaving a counseling appointment.

Investigators said interviews with Meints and forensic analysis of evidence found at the scenes from all of the reported incidents led to Meints’ arrest.