Oil, gas ty­coon, 84, ar­rested in sex case

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Jesse Paul Jack Gryn­berg Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

The Den­ver Post

An 84-year-old Den­ver oil and gas ty­coon has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of un­law­ful sex­ual con­tact af­ter a woman work­ing for him ac­cused him of grab­bing her breast and kiss­ing her, au­thor­i­ties and court records say.

Jack Jakob Gryn­berg was taken into cus­tody Thurs­day on the Class 4 felony and has since been re­leased on $50,000 bail, ac­cord­ing to Lynn Kim­brough, spokes­woman for the Den­ver district at­tor­ney’s of­fice. Pros­e­cu­tors say for­mal charges are ex­pected to be filed Tues­day.

Gryn­berg is known for mak­ing a for­tune off su­ing other en­ergy com­pa­nies. He has filed civil ac­tion against scores of com­pa­nies, ac­cus­ing them of de­fraud­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment out of ma­jor sums in min­eral roy­al­ties.

An ar­rest af­fi­davit for Gryn­berg says his al­leged vic­tim was hired as a cler­i­cal as­sis­tant at Gryn­berg Pe­tro­leum in Den­ver, but that when she ar­rived at the com­pany she was told to clean Gryn­berg’s of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, Gryn­berg then asked the woman to come to his home with him to clean his li­brary. While she was at the home, the woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors Gryn­berg then took her to lunch and upon leav­ing the restau­rant he brushed or touched her but­tocks.

“Upon ar­rival back at Gryn­berg Pe­tro­leum the de­fen­dant parked his ve­hi­cle in the un­der­ground park­ing area and then told the vic­tim to fol­low him,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. “The de­fen­dant led the vic­tim down a hall­way area and the de­fen­dant en­tered a room keep­ing the lights (off ).”

The af­fi­davit says Gryn­berg asked the woman to come into the room — which was marked by a “Men’s Locker Room” sign — and when she re­fused he grabbed her arm and pulled her in.

“He then placed his hands in­side the vic­tim’s shirt and bra and grabbed the vic­tim’s breast,” the af­fi­davit says. “The de­fen­dant also kissed the vic­tim’s neck area and asked the vic­tim if he could kiss her breast.” Ac­cord­ing to the court records, the woman told Gryn­berg to stop and pushed him away.

The woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors Gryn­berg later con­tacted her again and asked her to pick fruit at his home. When she re­fused, the af­fi­davit says, Gryn­berg told her he no longer had work for her.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the woman told au­thor­i­ties that an em­ployee at Gryn­berg Pe­tro­leum’s pay­roll depart­ment asked her not to call po­lice or press charges be­cause “ev­ery­one would be out of a job.” The al­leged en­counter hap­pened on or about the last week of Au­gust, the af­fi­davit said.

Har­vey Steinberg, Gryn­berg’s at­tor­ney, de­clined to com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions not­ing that his client has not been for­mally charged. “We’ll see what hap­pens.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg, Gryn­berg was born in 1932 in Poland and was a child when the Ger­mans in­vaded. He joined the re­sis­tance and at age 12, helped to fight the Nazis. Af­ter World War II, he im­mi­grated to the U.S., where he stud­ied at the Colorado School of Mines.

has been re­leased on $50,000 bail.

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