September 21, 2014

Colorado Supreme Court: Improper Definition of “Promoted a Relationship” Applied When Determining Sexually Violent Predator Status

The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Uribe-Sanchez v. People on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Sexually Violent Predator—CRS § 18-3-414.5(1)(a)(III)—“Promoted a Relationship.”

Applying its interpretation of the term “promoted a relationship” in CRS § 18-3-414.5(1)(a)(III) from People v. Gallegos, 2013 CO 45, the Supreme Court held that the court of appeals erred when it concluded that petitioner promoted a relationship with his victim by violently sexually assaulting her. The Court remanded the case to the court of appeals with instructions to remand to the trial court to determine whether to designate petitioner as a sexually violent predator under the proper interpretation of “promoted a relationship.”

Summary and full case available here.

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