Another sex offender at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — this one paid for by Colorado DOC, and Greg Harms (executive director) is once again putting financial greed ahead of neighborhood safety.
By Max R. Weller
Read the disturbing news in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:
Christopher Lawyer (Boulder Police Department)
After failed attempts to move to Jamestown and then Longmont, Christopher Lawyer — a convicted rapist who has completed his prison sentence — is coming to Boulder to stay at the city’s homeless shelter.
Lawyer, 42, has secured a parole bed at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 Broadway, according to the Boulder Police Department.
Police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said the department is trying to work with Lawyer’s parole officer to determine how long Lawyer plans to stay at the shelter. If Lawyer resides at the shelter for an extended period of time, Cordingly said the department will schedule a meeting to discuss it with the public.
Lawyer initially petitioned to live in the Bar-K neighborhood near Jamestown upon his release from prison in late April, but that move was met with strong opposition from Jamestown residents who argued the remoteness of the town meant it had limited cell service and was 30 to 40 minutes away from any police response.
The move to Jamestown ultimately was rejected by the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Lawyer then moved to Longmont, but de-registered Monday with Longmont police and registered in Boulder.
Longmont police had announced over the weekend that Lawyer would not be living in that city after all, but did not explain why. Officials with the Colorado Department of Corrections did not return requests for comment Monday.
The last time Lawyer was out in the community in September, he lived with his mother at 1265 Mallard Court east of Boulder. But he was sent back to prison for 180 days in December after he was found to have violated his parole by possessing pornography.
Lawyer is believed to be the first person convicted in Boulder County to be labeled a “sexually violent predator” — a designation given by judges or the parole board to certain sex offenders who exhibit personality traits authorities contend make them likely to commit further offenses.
In 2000, Lawyer kidnapped a Boulder woman who was delivering newspapers at the Gold Run apartments, forced her into her vehicle and taped her eyes and mouth shut. Lawyer drove the woman to another location, raped her for more than an hour at gunpoint and attempted to make casual conversation afterward.
The day before the rape, Lawyer forced his way into a University Hill home and attempted to rape another woman, police said. That woman was injured, but managed to escape.
Lawyer pleaded guilty in 2001 to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault and misdemeanor menacing in connection with the rape of the newspaper carrier.
Mr. Lawyer joins many other registered sex offenders in residence at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (4869 N. Broadway) and also at Boulder Community Treatment Center (1770 21st St.). Others are simply listed on the Boulder Police Sex Offender Registry as homeless.
The fact is that NO LAW REQUIRES a homeless shelter to house any convicted sex offender; most shelters across the country have long since refused them. Greg Harms chooses instead to accept them for $$$ and because he can — and I personally believe he has a deep-seated antipathy to anyone from the neighborhood who dares to call into question the Shelter’s greedy rapist-friendly policy. It’s certain that Mr. Harms despises the Homeless Philosopher . . . That feeling is indeed mutual.
That’s Greg Harms in the center, catching a nap at a Boulder City Council meeting.
Contact the executive director and/or the director of programs at their e-mail addresses:
- Greg Harms, Executive Director: 303-468-4311 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Block, Director of Programs: 303-468-4318 email@example.com
At Boulder Shelter — MONEY is the driving force behind policymaking. If you’re a donor, please rethink your support for this so-called nonprofit.
(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)