When someone is convicted of or pleads guilty to a serious sex crime in which indeterminate sentencing is part of the punishment, they must serve the lower end of their sentence before they can petition to be released from prison on parole in Denver, Jefferson, or Adams County. A recent study shows that just 8.5% of sex offenders who have committed a crime that is sentenced indeterminately like Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405), Felony Sexual Assault (CRS 18-3-402), or Aggravated Incest (CRS 8-6-301) are actually ever released from prison. Many sex offenders are serving life sentences and will never have the option to re-enter into society.
A mentor for young boys in Mesa County was recently convicted of Sexual Assault on a Child and received a sentence of 12 years to life under the Colorado Indeterminate Sentencing structure. A restraining order is still in effect for this man, keeping him from having any type of contact with any child or teen under the age of eighteen. The man has two children, both still minors under eighteen. This no contact order applies to them as well.
This man messed up. He committed a terrible crime against these young boys and the only way justice can be served for the victim is by a conviction and prison time according to the law. Be aware however, that the way this man was treated is the same way anyone convicted of a sex crime will be treated in Douglas, Arapahoe, Larimer, and Weld County. Indeterminate sentencing is a harsh punishment with lifelong consequences. Committing a sex crime in Colorado means you are punished with one of the harshest systems in place. Many states have a mandatory 25 year prison term and release after someone is convicted of a felony sex crime. Colorado has a much lower mandatory prison period, but limitless release date. And since DOC (Department of Corrections) will only parole 8.5% percent of inmates serving indeterminate sentences, the odds of getting out are not in your favor.
If police contact you in Littleton, Highlands Ranch, or Cherry Creek for a felony or misdemeanor sex crime, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.