Convicted rapist, “sexually violent predator” Christopher Lawyer set for parole hearing – The Denver Post

Christopher Lawyer

Convicted rapist and court-designated “sexually violent predator” Christopher Lawyer is set for a parole hearing on Monday, just a year after he was imprisoned for a second parole violation.

Lawyer, 44, had his parole revoked last year after his second violation in as many years since being released in 2016, and was sent back to prison to continue serving his original sentence of 12 years to life.

But while Lawyer’s sentence is an indeterminate one — meaning he could serve up to the remainder of his life in prison if not deemed releasable — he remains eligible to apply for parole, and his first hearing will be Monday.

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, which also spoke at Lawyer’s revocation hearing, sent a letter to the Colorado State Board of Parole opposing Lawyer’s release.

“The parole board is faced with a man who has violated parole multiple times in the past, in the most concerning manner possible, with repeated conduct that is sexual in nature, and in direct violation of the conditions of his parole,” wrote Chief Trial Deputy District Attorney Catrina Weigel. “He now seeks to return to a scared and outraged community. There are few offenders who put our community at greater risk than this man.”

Weigel, who is also the head of the Boulder County DA’s sex assault unit, said her office contacted Lawyer’s victims, who said they are opposed to his release.

“Given the heinous and violent nature of the underlying offenses, the number of victims, the use of weapons, the immeasurable impact of these crimes on the victims as well as the severe concerns for community safety, our office strongly opposes the re-release of Mr. Lawyer back into our community,” Weigel wrote.

In 2000, Lawyer kidnapped a woman who was delivering newspapers at the Gold Run apartments in Boulder, forced her into her own 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.

The day before the rape, Lawyer forced his way into a University Hill home and attempted to rape a different woman at knifepoint. That woman was injured, but managed to escape when her roommate appeared.

Lawyer pleaded guilty in 2001 to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault and misdemeanor menacing, and was designated a sexually violent predator by the courts.

When Lawyer was released in 2016, he moved in with his mother in Boulder but had his parole revoked after he was found to be in possession of violent pornography.

Following a 180-day prison sentence for that violation, Lawyer was released again in Boulder County, but was met with community resistance wherever he tried to move, including in Boulder, Longmont and Jamestown.

“Mr. Lawyer’s release back into the community in 2016 caused unquantifiable distress to the residents of Boulder County,” Weigel wrote. “Due to Lawyer’s classification as a sexually violent predator, our office is required to notify residents when he moves into a new town. We hosted several of these meetings in 2016, and to say that citizens were outraged by Lawyer’s release is an understatement.”

Lawyer eventually had his parole transferred to California, but was returned to Colorado after more parole violations in that state.

Because of his criminal history, parole violations and a presentence report that questioned his amenability to treatment, Weigel wrote that Lawyer should not be released yet again.

“In consideration of Mr. Lawyer’s criminal conduct, impact on his victims, criminal history, status as a sexually violent predator, and ongoing effect on the Boulder community, we strongly oppose the release of Mr. Lawyer and recommend that his parole status be revoked.”

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