How did registered sex offender Angel Alcaraz get hired as a maintenance man at multiple apartment buildings in the metro area -- a gig that afforded him easy access to lots of potential victims? His employer reportedly admits to never having run a background check on him. And now he's accused of mo ... More >>
Last year, we told you about three arrests in a cold case from one of our periodic posts about unsolved murders: the horrific rape and murder of Jacqueline Gallegos. We also spoke with Gallegos's son, Anthony, who called for the killers to receive the death penalty. In the end, prosecutors didn't p ... More >>
Here at Schmuck of the Week headquarters, we've heard plenty of excuses for bad behavior. But few of them are as weird, weak and creepy as the one allegedly offered by Neil Cleary, a staffer at Denver International Airport, for surfing for child pornography while on the job: "Getting old sucks." So ... More >>
This past October, we told you about sex-assault charges against Bojan Vuckovic and Dennis Hanson, a pair of Fort Collins men accused of getting two girls drunk and violently raping them. Vuckovic was subsequently convicted, but only of supplying alcohol to minors -- an outcome so shocking that a gr ... More >>
In November 2012, we told you about the arrest of William Costello, a successful real estate broker with powerful political ties, on accusations of serial rape -- and the next month, he was linked to two more sex assaults. This week, prosecutors finally began laying out their case against Costello, ... More >>
Last October, we reported about the sex-assault charges against Bojan Vuckovic and Dennis Hanson, who were accused of getting two girls drunk and violently raping them. In the end, the only conviction against Vuckovic that stuck was supplying alcohol to minors, despite shocking injuries to the young ... More >>
If a script writer for a network television alphabet show (CSI, NCIS, etc.) isn't already working on an episode inspired by Aaron and Brian Lucas, you can bet one will get underway shortly. Aaron, a decorated former soldier who'd been stationed at Fort Carson, tried blaming his identical twin, Brian ... More >>
Last night, sexually violent predator Gregory Buerge was arrested mere hours after the Lakewood Police Department put out an alert revealing that his whereabouts were unknown. In the opinion of Detective Ryan McKone, LPD spokesman, Buerge didn't go off the radar due to an oversight. "It appears to u ... More >>
If the accusations pressed by the Denver District Attorney's Office are accurate, Celia Montoya is guilty not only of serious crimes, but a betrayal of trust that's positively off the charts. Montoya allegedly held down a ten-year-old family member while her much older boyfriend, Eugene Fernandez, ... More >>
A new government report on the rate of sexual victimization in America's jails and prisons lists the Denver Women's Correctional Facility as having the highest rate of sexual assault and misconduct by staff of any lockup in the nation -- four times the national average, in fact. That figure is dism ... More >>
What the hell's going on in Weld County? The same week teacher Rhonda Eisenberg pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an underage student, and bearing his child, Greeley mom Lynne Freeman has been sentenced for the sexual assault of not one but two teens. Scene of the first incident that came to th ... More >>
Richard Holman's August 2011 arrest wasn't the first in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a child -- but it may be his last. The 51 year old seen in this ultra-disturbing mug shot (a larger version is below) has been sentenced to 48 years behind bars for a crime that started with hickeys ... More >>
A lot of us have hard drives crammed to bursting with photos and videos. But even by those standards, Jon Christopher Baker's array of images stands out. One computer apparently stored 30,000 photos and 1,400 videos. Oh yeah: The collection allegedly consisted of child pornography.
The Facebook page for Lakewood's Cody Charlton features a single like: Big Brother, a TV show in which bad things often happen to people confined in a house. Which is appropriate given that he's just been sentenced for improperly touching at least ten kids at the home where his mother ran a daycare ... More >>
A former prisoner, now a shareholder in the country's largest for-profit prison operator, has won a battle with company management over his campaign to hold the Corrections Corporation of America accountable for reducing sexual abuse at its facilities. The Securities and Exchange Commission has rule ... More >>
Linda TorrezKristen Stillman had been on the witness stand for two days -- talking about how her mother had dropped Kristen and her twin brother, Will, off at a house in northwest Denver when they were eight, and how the head of that household had abused them emotionally, physically, sexually ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," tracks the nightmare journey of Charles Farrar, serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison for sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Sacha -- even though his alleged victim came forward after trial and admitted that she'd fabricated ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Beyond Belief," examines the devastating, long-term impact of a false report of sexual abuse made by a fifteen-year-old Aurora girl -- allegations against her mother and stepfather that were aggressively prosecuted despite the lack of any supporting evidence and plen ... More >>
Hodgson. Jesse Hodgson, a former firefighter for Mountain View Fire Rescue in Longmont, will have to register as a sex offender. The 37-year-old has pleaded guilty to instructing his 11-year-old stepdaughter to wear an adult diaper as punishment. Authorities say he also asked her to watch him ... More >>
Ryan Wappel.Ryan Wappel may have a baby face, but in December, the Longmont eighteen-year-old was convicted of an innocence-robbing sex crime and sentenced to eight years of sex-offender probation. Which he allegedly broke while teaching "dance moves" to two kids, age seven and nine.
Fox31It's an indication of just how dangerous authorities consider Marc Patrick O'Leary, 32, that he's being held on a $5 million bond. That's a $5 million cash bond. And while he's been charged with sex assault, kidnapping and more in two incidents, the cops fear he may have left more victi ... More >>
Big pics below.The latest high-profile cases to pass through the Denver District Attorney's Office are quite different in terms of their specifics but similar when it comes to shock value. One woman has been accused (again) of prostitution with knowledge she has AIDS, while a teenager was con ... More >>
Big pic below.Matthew Richard Anderson's suicide is reverberating two days later, and not just because Northglenn Police officer Dennis Alps is still recovering from a wound sustained during the standoff that preceded the sex offender's final act. Parents are aghast at learning that Anderson ... More >>
Philip Greaves.A torrid blast of publicity hasn't exactly boosted sales for Pueblo author Philip R. Greaves II, whose e-book The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct has drawn death threats and compelled Amazon to remove the book from its site. And now other ... More >>
Large photos below.Last December, we shared the startling post "Wake Up: You May Have Just Been Sexually Assaulted by Timothy Layne Martinez." At the time, Jefferson County officials were reluctant to provide too many details about Martinez, who faced nineteen counts of sexual assault against ... More >>
Large photo below.We've told you about a search for a door-to-door groper who allegedly molested a child after claiming to be an immigration doctor. Now, Aurora Police believe they've got their man -- 54-year-old Kenneth Lee, whose mug shot resembles a sketch and computer-generated graphic of ... More >>
Large photo below.Beware the single guy who's a little too eager to babysit your male children -- at least if he resembles the description emerging of Anthony Ganter. Colorado Springs authorities have charged Ganter with sexual assault on a child, plus failure to register as a sex offender, i ... More >>
Ken Buck.Late last month, Colorado GOP boss Dick Wadhams said Democrats' decision to attack Ken Buck with ads on issues like abortion shows that they're "intellectually bankrupt," since the voting public is clearly more interested in "the economy and taxes and spending." But Buck opponents a ... More >>
As we suspected last week, more charges have been filed against alleged pedophile Benjamin Janicki. The nineteen-year-old Janicki had already been arrested and accused with sexual assault on three little girls at the Park Hill United Methodist Church Children's Center, and today the DA's offi ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter will sign a slew of bills this week -- the deadline for action on all legislation coming out of this past session is June 11 -- but he put HB 1364 on a fast track, Vetoing the bill Friday afternoon. He did the right thing. As the longtime Denver District Attorney, Ritter ... More >>
The controversy continues to grow over last-minute changes in HB 1364. The measure extends the life of the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board for five years, but removes the words "no known cure" -- as originally presented, the measure included those words and charged the board to study w ... More >>
Image from cdhs.state.co.usLookout Mountain Youth Services CenterNearly one in eight youth in juvenile corrections facilities nationwide report having been sexually assaulted, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Justice. There are other shocking statistics, too: 80 ... More >>
This photo of Vance Fulkerson is from a Facebook page that's no longer accessible -- but it's still scary.Former UNC professor Vance Fulkerson once taught a class called "Self-Defense Singing" -- and among the folks from whom his students needed protection was him. In July, Fulkerson was cha ... More >>
James C. Bird has at least temporarily flown the coop.It's a sad truth that sexual abuse and assault sometimes goes unreported for years. That's reportedly the case with 62-year-old James C. Bird -- and while there are currently four counts of sexual assault on a child pending against him, th ... More >>
Photo by John Johnston There's plenty to get disgusted about in the story of a Colorado female inmate who was awarded $1.3 million in damages for two years' worth of sexual assaults by a male guard. As this report in the Denver Post recounts, federal judge David Ebel blasted the Colorado Department ... More >>
From the week of 8/16/2007
Colorado's ailing, but the good doctor doesn't have a cure.
Coming to grips with the killer inside me.
A year later, these female cadets are still waiting for an apology. A lawsuit may be their only hope.
DPD's crime lab makes TV reality.
Taco's New Tone
Defense attorneys fight to save their clients by comparing them to current residents of death row.
With several controversial cases coming up, Colorado's death-penalty decision moves to a three-judge panel.
Jefferson County struggles to find a place for its sex offenders.
The twisted life--and lethal secrets--of Gary Davis.