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