Gregory Buerge: Inside the search for a sexually violent predator

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Last night, sexually violent predator Gregory Buerge was arrested mere hours after the Lakewood Police Department put out an alert revealing that his whereabouts were unknown. In the opinion of Detective Ryan McKone, LPD spokesman, Buerge didn't go off the radar due to an oversight. "It appears to us that he was trying to lay low and purposefully didn't register, as he's required by law. It wasn't a matter of, 'Oh, I forgot.' We feel it was more a matter of, 'I don't want to do this anymore because I don't want to.'"

Maybe so, since Buerge objected in court to the sexually violent predator label, as documented by a 2009 case before the Colorado Court of Appeals.

The opinion, on view below in its entirety, notes that Buerge allegedly made contact with what he thought was a fourteen-year-old girl named Kelly in an online chat room; the incident reportedly took place in 2007. He's said to have suggested that Kelly and a pal get together with him for oral sex and drug use and later spoke with her over the phone to arrange a meeting.
From the Lakewood Police Department Facebook page.
In truth, though, Kelly was a fictional persona created by two undercover cops, and when he showed up, they busted him for Internet luring -- and as a bonus, they're said to have found drugs and "sexual paraphernalia" on his person.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child under age fifteen and possessing more than a gram of a Schedule II controlled substance. But when he was also labeled a sexually violent predator, he appealed, contending "that the SVP statute requires the existence of an actual victim," the appeals court wrote. The authors of the opinion added, "We reject this contention."

According to the LPD, Buerge was released from Colorado Department of Corrections custody this past March, and in the beginning, he informed authorities about where he was staying, as required under the SVP statute. As such, he was featured in our July post spotlighting the sexually violent predators of Lakewood. Here's the image we published:
As you can see, Buerge's address was listed as 5637 West Colfax, a location captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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Cut to November 1, when law enforcers checked to see if he was still at the Colfax address -- and they found out he hadn't been there since the previous month. Hence, the announcement that his whereabouts were unknown. But yesterday, spokesman McKone says, "our agents and what we call our SET team -- our Special Enforcement Team -- tracked down some leads and found him in a trailer park not far from where he was last registered."

The importance of Buerge complying with the court's order shouldn't be underestimated, McKone feels. "Being labeled as a sexually violent predator by the courts and the prison system is serious, and it carries heavy implications. The law was created so the community can be informed and aware of these people. Years ago, there were several cases where people were unaware who their neighbor was, and now, our society expects that law enforcement and the judicial system keep track of them, so the community can feel safer. And it's the responsibility and burden of these convicted sexual offenders to register."

Not doing so has had some unpleasant repercussions for Buerge. "He's in custody," notes McKone, "and since he wasn't on any type of parole, it's an entirely new charge. He can get jail time or DOC time if he's convicted."

Here's a larger look at Buerge's booking photo:

Gregory Buerge.
Continue to see the opinion in Gregory Buerge's appeal of his sexually violent predator status.

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RobertChase topcommenter

Anyone working for Colorado who has participated in labelling people who have not been convicted of an act of violence as "sexually violent predators" is not fit to live in our country -- get out now!  How can we allow our criminal injustice system and the thugs administering and working for it to continue to exist?  Gregory Buerge is not capable of an outrage comparable to that of our legislature and courts making lies of our laws.


Why not require ALL CRIMINALS to submit Mandatory Registration ... like Florida and Las Vegas do for ALL convicted felons?

Imagine the perpetual revolving door and financial windfall created for the prison industrial complex as 10s of thousands with criminal records forget/fail to stay correctly registered.

John Mccall
John Mccall

Craig, you're a arrogant son of a bitch, aren't you, and no doubt hang out with Gregory Buerge and his ilk.

John Mccall
John Mccall

Craig, too much assuming on you part. First three letters of assume spell ASS. If the shoe fits.......

John Mccall
John Mccall

Before jail, sentence him to a year of showers with Jerry Sandusky. While in prison, a 6'8" cellmate named. Bubba, who is also a sexual offender.


@John Mccall = fantasizes about violent homosexual rape

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