Colorado man who trafficked boys from California for sex sentenced to 50 years

Posted at 5:04 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 19:04:56-04

AURORA, Colo. – A Colorado man convicted in March of bringing boys from California to Aurora so that he could have sex with them will spend 50 years in prison.

Sean Crumpler, 50, received the sentence Monday in 18th Judicial District Court in Colorado. He pleaded guilty in early March to three counts of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude, though he originally faces 11 felonies and a sentence enhancer when he was first arrested.

Crumpler, who is HIV-positive, was arrested in August 2015 after one of the boys he trafficked talked to a family member, who alerted authorities in California. The FBI got involved in the investigation, which led to Crumpler and his home in Aurora.

According to prosecutors, Crumpler between 10 and 15 other men and boys all lived together in the home. Crumpler would pay all the bills and buy food to feed everyone who lived there, and would also supply them with marijuana, alcohol and other items in exchange for sex.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office says two of the men involved in trafficking the boys had themselves been victims of Crumpler’s earlier in their lives. Both have already been sentenced to six years of probation after they pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

But one of the accomplices estimated that between 150 and 175 boys had been victimized over a two-year period, according to the DA’s Office.

The judge in the case said Crumpler deserved “very serious punishment” and agreed with Deputy District Attorney Cara Morlan, who asked for the 50-year sentence.

“The defendant has tried to make this a case about an alternative lifestyle,“ Morlan said. “This sentence serves as a notice to all offenders -- wealthy or poor, gay or straight, male or female --  it does not matter.  If you target children, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”