Monday, 25 Oct 2021

Former Denver police officer pleads guilty to sex assault, avoids jail time – The Denver Post

A former Denver police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual assault in a deferred judgement plea agreement that stipulates no jail time.

Johnny Leon-Alvarez, 30, entered the plea before Denver District Court Judge Morris B. Hoffman.

Leon-Alvarez was arrested on Jan. 17, 2020, after a woman reported that he had sexually assaulted her when he took her home after a date. At Thursday’s hearing Leon-Alvarez admitted, in response to a direct question from Hoffman, that he forcefully, sexually assaulted the victim.

The defendant, who was still on a new-hire probationary period with the police department at the time of his arrest, was fired by the department shortly after.

The victim told investigators that she met Leon-Alvarez in December of 2019 after she called police regarding an argument she had with another man, according to Leon-Alvarez’s arrest warrant. Leon-Alvarez texted the woman after their initial meeting and they went on a date on Jan. 16, 2020. When Leon-Alvarez dropped her off at her home he sexually assaulted her.

Danielle Robinson, with the Denver District Attorney’s Office, told Hoffman that the victim remains fearful and that the plea agreement would spare her the burden of a trial in the case.

“I know that these are real hard cases,” Hoffman said at the hearing.

Reid Elkus, defense attorney for Leon-Alvarez, said: “We believe the deferred judgement is a valid resolution.”

Leon-Alvarez will have to comply with terms and conditions of the deferred judgement, including reporting to the probation department, over the next four years. He pleaded guilty Thursday to a class four felony.

The plea agreement can be amended, or stricken, by the court, up until the defendant’s sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 21.


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