Boulder seeks solutions to sexually violent predators moving into community

Posted at 1:38 AM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 03:38:18-04

BOULDER, Colo. -- It has been a hot topic in Boulder: How to handle sexually violent predators out on parole.

Boulder Chief of Police Greg Testa recently sent a letter to the Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Melissa Roberts, asking the board to hold off on placing any more of them in the area. 

Friday, the two met to discuss how to move forward with placing and monitoring SVPs, especially after the outrage from the community following the recent placement of convicted rapist Christopher Lawyer. 

Lawyer moved to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless in May. The shelter houses several sexually violent predators.

The Morrow family lives near the shelter. Friday, they were out for dinner at the Pearl Street Mall as they discussed the issues with Denver7.

“They have to go somewhere. They have to have shelter and a place to go,” said Pauli Morrow. “If everyone stayed at the shelter and didn’t wander around and things didn’t happen, then it would be fine.”

“Spending my tax dollars to house a sexual predator in my neighborhood. I don’t like it one bit,” said Greg Morrow.

According to a spokesperson with the City of Boulder, Testa and Roberts both agree any SVP on parole should have ties to the community if they move there and should also live in a structured and monitored environment. 

Denver7 has requested more details from the meeting.