Hector Paez, ex-Denver cop, convicted of sex assault but granted bond while he appeals

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Back in October 2010, Denver police officer Hector Paez was charged with sex assault after allegedly coercing an arrestee into orally pleasuring him in order to avoid going to jail.

After a mistrial, numerous delays, a civil lawsuit and a media blitz by the accuser in the case, Paez has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars for his actions. But in what the Denver DA's office calls an "unusual action," he's been granted bond while he appeals.

As we've reported, Paez is accused of having arrested a 36-year-old woman (described in a preliminary hearing as a heroin user with a lengthy rap sheet) in May of 2010, then taking her to an isolated location and forcing her to perform oral sex on him in order to avoid winding up behind bars. He was charged with second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault and an attempt to influence a public servant by lying about the incident during a subsequent Internal Affairs investigation.

Throughout the process, Paez has denied the allegations against him.

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Gary Lozow.
Jury selection for the trial against Paez took place in September 2011. But early on in the trial, the Denver Police Department provided a piece of evidence previously unknown to Paez's defense team -- a recording of a phone call involving the victim. And that afternoon, a second phone recording of the victim surfaced.

The next morning, the Paez defense team, led by attorney Gary Lozow, questioned Sergeant Kimalee Hull, the person charged with gathering the information in question, about why the recordings hadn't been provided when defense lawyers requested evidence against Paez last year. She said they had wound up in a file she'd forgotten about, and to which other officers had no access -- and she didn't find them until the last minute. She also mentioned a third recording, made when the victim was in a police car, but she recalled it being badly garbled and guessed that she had simply deleted it.

At that point, Lozow asked that the case be dismissed and the prosecution be sanctioned. Denver District Judge Robert McGahey said "no" to these requests, but he did grant a mistrial, after which the jury was disbanded. Then, after members headed home, the prosecution revealed that it had found the third recording -- the one Hull thought she'd tossed out.

Shortly thereafter, Lozow told us, "It's very unfortunate for Officer Paez to have to go through the stress and expense of preparing for a trial that was a year in the making -- to protest and be assertive in his innocence -- only to find out after a jury is picked that police officers involved in the investigation have not disclosed relevant material evidence in a timely fashion.

"This information was sought both through discovery and through subpoenas, and we didn't get it -- and that's how you're supposed to get it. And then, what's even more disconcerting is that we moved for a mistrial on the premise that a tape has been destroyed -- and everybody knows that's the reason, it's articulated in the record -- and after the jury is let go, they somehow find the tape. That's not how the system is supposed to go forward."

A new trial was set for April 2012, but it was delayed after Lozow was badly injured after his car crashed into Cherry Creek. The trial was moved back yet again, this time to the winter of 2012. But the victim in the case didn't want to wait -- and decided to make her identity known. Her name is Valerie Arend, and in May of last year, she filed a civil suit against Paez in which she provided more details about the incident -- and she did likewise in media interviews.

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japple30
japple30

It is NO consolation knowing that an STD riddled, heroin addicted prostitute can make up a story and get an innocent man convicted of a crime with no evidence.  She is free to continue to spread her disease and shoot up in Civic Center Park while this man has to continue to fight for his innocence.  Hector Paez is a friend of mine and what has happened to him and his family makes me sick and is unforgivable. The justice system is broken and anyone who says he is part of the "good ol boys" does not know the whole story.  It's obvious even in news articles that the Denver Police Department could careless what happened to him.  For those of you that can exclaim "Hurray!!" when an innocent man gets put in prison, I hope you remember that when something similar happens to someone you love or care about.  You are disgusting.     

pepper
pepper

If it's any consolation, Paez went back to court this week & his bond was revoked due to GPS tracking of his ankle monitor - 11 violations!!  He's in custody now & serving time.  Hurray!!

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

we don't want to offend any Mexicans, they may not vote for us if we do.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Wouldn't he & Sullivan look just lovely explaining themselves on Oprah ? She'd pay a fucking BUNDLE !!! 

Plenty for a trial reversal & silencing Sullivan's current probation officer .

COLORADO LOVES IT'S SEX ASSAULTING POLICE DEPARTMENTS !!!

They have their own dating site . They will blow away your husband if you blow them 1st .....

CloudGang
CloudGang

I hope my boys in the cdoc show this pig how much love we have for them inside the walls....actually he will be found to have had his rights violated by the sentencing court , by the appeals court,  then remanded back to the same court to start due process proceedings all over again. 

The Victim should have left him shell shocked.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Dog his every move, and violate him on bond conditions.

Appeals take approximately 18 months, surely he'll fuck up something by then.


Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

At the risk of retaliation from DPD-yes! it happens-of COURSE it was because he's part of the Good Ole Boys Club...has 'ties to the community, so he's not a flight risk'. My ass

Russ Hollar
Russ Hollar

Cops only. Nobody gets bond after conviction. I though this was a free country. Lol.

CloudGang
CloudGang

@Juan_Leg Colorado loves these guys....

2011 hometown....

A former Kiowa County Deputy surrendered himself at the Prowers County jail in connection with allegation of sexual assault on a child. Darryl Lingle, 27, was arrested and his computer devices were seized by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Lingle is a former Lamar reserve police officer in addition to being a Deputy at the time the case came to light in early September. When the allegations were discovered, the police department put him on administrative leave.

Lamar Police say the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was asked to conduct the investigation. During that work, he was previously arrested but released for violation of a restraining order.

The CBI served several search warrants and Lingle’s computer and data storage devices are not being examined by the Monument Police Department forensic computer unit.

Lingle surrendered himself at the Prowers County jail Friday, where he was booked pending a $20,000 bond. He’s charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CloudGang "I hope my boys in the cdoc show this pig how much love we have ..."

LOL! 

... your "boys" at Freemont or Arrowhead ?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Randall Erkelens   Then you woke up & your sheets were stuck to your forehead .....

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Randall Erkelens Seems simple, doesn't it? Thanks for the post, Randall.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Russ Hollar "Nobody gets bond after conviction. I though this was a free country"

Contradict much?



CloudGang
CloudGang

@DonkeyHotay @CloudGang yes. I have a few pals in those prisons too. What's your point? That sex offenders are usually in those prisons, as well as shame me for knowing people that may or may not have been wrongfully convicted?America locks up more people than Russia.

Work on NOT dry snitching so much

"lol"

CloudGang
CloudGang

@DonkeyHotay Fool shut up! I have absolutely no sex offender buddies. I do have friends in a few joints. Some prisons house massive amounts of molesters/rapist with the few non "sex offenders" . In this state the majority of prison population is sex offenders not junkies. Would you care to explain why you were prison? And know first hand about Arrowhead/Freemont?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@CloudGang  ... well, until you just rolled over and pissed on yourself with that confession, few WW readers -- if any -- would have had a clue.

Work on NOT self-snitching so easily.

hth.

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