Those convicted of sex crimes face a lot of judgment from the general public from the moment they are arrested. However, just like every other person charged with a crime, these people are innocent until proved guilty. Regardless of the type of crime, there are several factors that determine whether one will be offered a plea deal or not such as whether or not it is one’s first offense or the amount of charges one faces. A former Colorado teacher who was facing 30 total felony charges including
sexual assault has taken a plea deal in exchange for a guilty plea for only two of those counts.
According to the report, all 30 charges that the teacher originally faced were against the same female student. He faced 10 counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust as well as 10 counts of patterned sexual assault on a child. He also faced five counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and he faced five counts of enticement of a child.
In June, the teacher originally pleaded not guilty to all counts. However, once he was offered his plea deal, he decided to take it. The report does not expound upon exactly what the eighth-grade middle school teacher and high school basketball coach supposedly did to face these charges.
Under the terms of his plea deal, the teacher pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and he will serve 20 years in prison. He will also have to undergo 20 years in Colorado’s Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation program when he is released from prison. Due to the number of charges the teacher was facing, taking the plea deal was most likely beneficial for his sexual assault case. Colorado professionals in criminal law are available to provide one with guidance in the hopes of forming the best criminal defense for one’s specific case.
Former teacher changes plea in sex assault, Ryan Boldrey, Sept. 30, 2013
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