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Police Chief Greg Testa stands up for citizens of Boulder!

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

This puts him at odds with Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (located at 4869 N. Broadway, just a short distance from residential neighborhoods including Dakota Ridge) executive director Greg Harms and other apologists / enablers for the worst-behaved transients, and we can hope that Boulder City Council and city staff will also see the light: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH of registered sex offenders, especially of Sexually Violent Predators most likely to re-offend, using resources intended for the homeless in our community. And I’m confident that Chief Testa bears in mind what the do-gooders seem to have ignored; many vulnerable adult survivors of sexual crimes are homeless and find themselves under the same roof with sex offenders at BSH. This is a travesty of compassion!

Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa with some of our youngest citizens.

Read the Daily Camera story here: Boulder police chief seeking reprieve from from any more ‘sexually violent predators’Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder police Chief Greg Testa has asked the Colorado Department of Corrections Division of Adult Parole to stop placing paroled “sexually violent predators” in Boulder in light of four people bearing the designation currently staying at the city’s homeless shelter with no permanent housing.

Testa wrote in a letter to DOC Division of Adult Parole Director Melissa Roberts that the department is asking for input in placement decisions for sexually violent predators who are paroled to the city, including where they live, their restrictions and the type and extent of monitoring.

The Department of Corrections could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday evening.

Currently, four sexually violent predators are living at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on the north side of the city, but only one of them is on parole — Christopher Lawyer — which limits what police can do to control their movements.

“I fully understand that the Division of Parole does not manage or provide oversight on the other three SVPs,” Testa wrote. “However, having four individuals with this classification and all living without long-term stable housing is concerning to me as a police chief and to our community.”

He wrote that the Boulder community is “very concerned” regarding the ability to effectively manage Lawyer because of a lack of a stable housing environment and asks the DOC to “consider the best location for him to reside that would provide a structured and managed environment.”

Lawyer, who was convicted of rape in 2001, is believed to be the first person in Boulder County to gain the sexually violent predator designation, which is assigned to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes who possess personality traits that authorities believe make them prone to committing further offenses.

Police in 2000 said 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.

Lawyer was paroled last year and briefly lived with his mother in unincorporated Boulder County before he violated his parole and was sent back to prison. Since his latest release, he briefly sought to live in Jamestown and then Longmont before moving to Boulder, where his presence and that of the other three sexually violent predators has not been well received.

Testa acknowledged in the letter that the parole division has a difficult job managing and placing sexually violent predators and stated that Boulder police are in frequent contact with staff at the division to share information, assist with investigations and check on the status and location of offenders.

“This collaboration is essential in keeping our community safe,” he wrote. “Your staff has been professional in managing this responsibility.”

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You can see Chief Testa’s entire letter to Colorado DOC Division of Adult Parole on the City of Boulder website by clicking here:

Letter to Director Adult Parole

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Sexually Violent Predator Kerry Whitfield sentenced to 11 years for rape

Read the report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Kerry Whitfield

Kerry Whitfield (Courtesy Photo)

A “sexually violent predator” with a lengthy criminal history who was accused of raping a woman and using drugs as leverage to rape another in Boulder in 2015 has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Catherine Olguin said in an email that Kerry Whitfield was sentenced to 11 years with the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Whitfield, 53, will have to serve five years of parole on the burglary charge when he is released from prison, and he is not eligible for parole until 2024.

Whitfield pleaded guilty on Aug. 1 to first-degree burglary and two counts of felony assault and was sentenced on Aug. 21, according to online court records.

Court records show prosecutors dropped numerous assault, habitual criminal and drug-related charges, along with eight counts of sexual assault that had been leveled against Whitfield.

However, one of the assault convictions carries a “sexual factual basis,” which Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson said under Colorado law allows a defendant to plead guilty to an offense that may be related to a sexual offense and admit that offense had a sexual component.

“That means the defendant would have to do all of the things someone convicted of a sexual offense would do,” said Johnson, adding that could include sex offender registration and sex offender treatment.

Whitfield in 2007 was ruled a ” sexually violent predator,” a designation given to a sex offender convicted of certain crimes who exhibit certain personality traits that authorities believe makes them likely to commit further offenses and not amenable to treatment.

Boulder police arrested Whitfield on rape charges stemming from allegations from two women, one of whom said she bought heroin from Whitfield in September 2015 and he raped her after the two fell asleep in his van.

A second woman came to police and alleged that Whitfield began withholding drugs from her and demanding sexual favors. She told police that Whitfield raped her repeatedly in August and forced her to perform sex acts with other women buying drugs from him so he could record it.

Whitfield has been arrested in Colorado at least 50 times since 1998. He is currently in custody at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, according to the Department of Corrections.

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In fact, both women were homeless and met Mr. Whitfield when all three were staying at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Much of his drug-dealing was done from a van parked on the property of Bustop Gentlemen’s Club right next to BSH. Several of the rapes he committed also took place in his van at that location.

— MRW

SVP from Boulder Shelter lurks near Dakota Ridge neighborhood in broad daylight!

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR! (THIS MEANS YOU, BOULDER CITY COUNCIL AND BOULDER COUNTY DA.)

By Max R. Weller

It was just a couple of days ago around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when I was reading a book in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, that I observed Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe come strolling from the direction of the RTD bus stop next to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. He saw me sitting there giving him the stink eye, and he swaggered on down the sidewalk northbound toward the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. He stopped as soon as he got to some pine trees on the nicely landscaped property that belongs to the HOA, and lay down next to them, apparently taking care to conceal himself from the view of any residents using that sidewalk to leave their residential area:

Rodney Jobe

Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe

I could still see Mr. Jobe plain as could be, having a favorable angle to do so, and I made certain the POS knew I was watching him. After an hour or so, he got up and passed by me again headed back toward BSH. This time, it was Mr. Jobe who gave me the stink eye — so I must have interfered with his plan to accost some innocent child.

This is NOT the first time I’ve witnessed suspicious behavior by one of the sex offenders living at BSH. Way back in 2010, it was a couple of convicted child molesters trolling for new victims on the SKIP bus filled with schoolkids and also lurking at the entrance to our Main Library (with cute little stuffed animals as props). Yes, I informed Boulder police and library staff so they could be on guard.

One wonders just where in blazes Boulder City Council and Boulder County DA Stan Garnett have been all this time . . . Mr. DA still doesn’t get it, when you’d expect him to be fully aware that SVP Kerry Whitfield’s two most recent victims are homeless women he met while all three were in residence at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.

Sexually Violent Predator Kerry Whitfield

See the Daily Camera report of last night’s public hearing here: Meeting on Boulder’s sexual predators leaves some ‘more afraid’ — as well they should be. Excerpt copied below:

A public hearing Tuesday night on the monitoring, and lack thereof, of “sexually violent predators” in Boulder left many in the City Council chambers feeling more concerned than they were previously . . .

Council members appeared shocked during the hearing to learn that three of the four state-designated sexual predators in Boulder do not wear GPS monitors, and that three of them are housed at the homeless shelter on north Broadway without restrictions during the daytime.

There are currently 122 registered sex offenders in the city, according to police. Sex offenders are given the “predator” designation if they are convicted of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact or sexual assault of a child from a position of trust, and if the victim was a stranger or someone the offender knew and planned to harm.

Based on risk assessment, sexually violent predators are considered more likely to reoffend.

How out of touch is BCC? Continuing:

The council was told that none of the four sexually violent predators in the city were referred to the halfway house at 23rd Street and Canyon Boulevard. Several members seemed disturbed to hear that — as did residents who offered public comments.

“I’m more afraid than I was three months ago,” Patricia DeAngelis Ratner told the council. “Shame on you. You didn’t know there was a halfway house in the community?”

Others on both the council and from the public also said their worry was elevated, not assuaged, by the meeting.

Of the fact that three of the predators are living at the shelter — an all-time high, according to shelter Director Greg Harms — DeAngelis Ratner added, “You know there are a majority of residents in north Boulder that are scared stiff that do not want this.”

Wrapping up:

The atmosphere on Tuesday was somber and at times tense, mainly because so many in the room were disturbed by how much they did not know about sexually violent predators in Boulder.

Again, where have they been?

As for BSH executive director Greg Harms, this is all that he cares about: Colorado paying $280 a week for ‘sexually violent predator’ to live at Boulder homeless shelter in the Daily Camera. 

Another homeless ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ moves to Boulder

Read the story in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

David Nicolai Bland

David Nicolai Bland (Courtesy photo)

Boulder police announced on Thursday that a man deemed to be a “sexually violent predator” has moved into the city.

David Nicolai Bland, 43, was released from the Colorado Department of Corrections in late July and was convicted of a sexually-related crime that requires police to notify the public that he is living in the city, according to a news release.

Bland has told police that he is homeless and will be staying in a grove of trees along the bike path to the north of Arapahoe Avenue and east of Old Tale Road from Sunday to Thursday. The release did not say where he will be staying on Friday and Saturday.

Sex offenders can be designated “sexually violent predators” if authorities believe they possess certain personality traits that make them likely to commit further offenses.

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly referred questions as to where Bland will be staying on Friday and Saturday to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. A sheriff’s office SVP bulletin stated that Bland will be staying west of Broadway and Lee Hill Road, although it didn’t give specific days.

The bulletin stated that Bland has a conviction in Colorado for attempted sexual assault on a child and a rape by force or fear conviction in California. He also has convictions for assault and felony menacing.

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Because of lenient sentencing (anything less than Life Without Parole for violent rapists and child molesters is lenient in my view), and the fact that Boulder, CO has a reputation for welcoming (or at least tolerating) these scumbags, more and more of them are choosing to reside here.

You know, an ordinary homeless camper is NOT allowed to stay where this guy has arrogantly informed law enforcement he’ll be camping out. WTF?

The truth, of course, is that registered sex offenders can come and go as they please. Ankle monitors? LOL! If a pervert wants to cut it off, that’s just what he’ll do before finding a new victim.

I understand the desire for summary justice Old West-style:

Tombstone, Arizona Territory, circa 1884

Disclaimer: I don’t advocate for this solution, because the risk of killing an innocent man is too great without due process in a court of law.

— MRW