July 14, 2014

Colorado Supreme Court: Masked Offender Can Qualify as “Stranger” for Purposes of Sexually Violent Predator Determination

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

Sexually Violent Predator—“Stranger”—Statutory Interpretation—CRS § 18-3-414.5(1)(a)(III).

The Supreme Court held that the court of appeals’ erred in reversing petitioner’s designation as a sexually violent predator under CRS § section 18-3-414.5(1)(a). The Court held that “stranger” in § 18-3-414.5(1)(a)(III) means either the victim is not known by the offender or the offender is not known by the victim at the time of the offense.

Summary and full case available here.

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