Crime

Hector Paez, ex-Denver cop, convicted of sex assault but granted bond while he appeals

Back in October 2010, Denver police officer Hector Paez was charged with sex assault after allegedly coercing an arrestee into orally pleasuring him in order to avoid going to jail.

After a mistrial, numerous delays, a civil lawsuit and a media blitz by the accuser in the case, Paez has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars for his actions. But in what the Denver DA's office calls an "unusual action," he's been granted bond while he appeals.

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