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By Mitchell Byars
Convicted rapist Christopher Lawyer is headed back to prison, and could spend the rest of his life there, after officials revoked his parole Monday.
Lawyer, 43, appeared at the Washington County Jail in Akron on Monday morning for a hearing on several alleged parole violations out of California, where the court-designated “sexually violent predator” had moved after unsuccessful attempts to live in Boulder County.
The Parole Board ruled that Lawyer did, in fact, violate the terms of his release, and revoked his parole for the remainder of his term, which originally was an indeterminate sentence of 12 years to life, according to Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn.
Lawyer still will be able to apply for parole, though Fairbairn said he did not know when Lawyer would next be able to apply.
The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office wrote a letter recommending Lawyer’s parole be revoked, and Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said he spoke to the parole director and also had a deputy call into the hearing.
“His parole being revoked is the absolute right thing for our community,” Dougherty said. “Given his repeated conduct, he presents a very real danger to the community, and we’re grateful for all the efforts that went into his parole being revoked today.”
Boulder police Chief Greg Testa also attended Monday’s hearing to speak out against Layer’s release.
“Keeping our community safe is the police department’s primary responsibility,” Testa said in a statement after the hearing. “Over the last year, we have listened, provided information and worked to keep our community updated on Christopher Lawyer’s presence in our community. We understood and shared in our community’s concerns. It was out of these concerns that I have met with and written to the parole director on several occasions.
“This morning, I attended Mr. Lawyer’s parole revocation hearing, along with several others who provided input. I appreciate the parole board’s decision to revoke Mr. Lawyer’s parole, which will keep our community safer.”
This is Lawyer’s second parole violation. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail for his previous offense.
Lawyer was deemed a sexually violent predator — a label given by a judge or the parole board to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes and believed to be prone to reoffend — after he pleaded guilty in 2001 to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault and misdemeanor menacing in connection with the rape of a newspaper carrier.
Police in 2000 said Lawyer kidnapped a woman who was delivering newspapers at the Gold Run apartments in Boulder, 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, saying he viewed it as a “normal date.”
The day before the rape, Lawyer forced his way into a University Hill home and attempted to rape a different woman. That woman was injured, but managed to escape.
He originally was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison, and was paroled in 2016.
Kudos to Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa, a man I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, for taking a stance directly opposed to that of the people who run Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.
Now, will Boulder City Council exert some pressure on BSH to stop sheltering other registered sex offenders, including child molesters, at their 4869 N. Broadway facility? Perhaps cutting off all city taxpayer funding would get the attention of Greg Harms and others: