DENVER (KDVR) – The vice president of the Colorado State Board of Parole is calling the situation “intestinal upset” after a parole sex offender was reported re-offending in Aurora.
Kenneth Dean Lee, 65, was arrested this month after allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl after identifying himself as an immigration official.
Lee was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2014 for a series of similar sexual assaults. He also pleaded guilty that year to two counts of kidnapping on the basis of sex, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for those counts.
However, Lee was pardoned on April 22, 2020, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.
“I think we often look at our past behavior to predict future behavior, and Mr. Lee, at every turn with his past behavior, tells us he will do it. everyone’s victim again,” said Amy Ferrin, a former deputy for Arapahoe County. district attorney when Lee was convicted in 2014.
At the time, she said she feared he would get parole and reoffend.
“Back in 2014, it was obvious,” she said. “He’s committed a nearly identical crime for decades, and sadly, I’m not surprised to learn he’s done it again.”
Parole Board Vice Chairman Chad Dilworth released the following statement on Wednesday, explaining the board’s decision on parole:
This is extremely heartbreaking as this deranged individual preys on vulnerable people – when this is reviewed by the panel the individual is engaged in specific criminal treatment, has met the criteria needed to be considered for amnesty and medical experts believe he is at low risk to society. This case was reviewed on these merits in December 2019, granted in January 2020 and has nothing to do with the pandemic.
Chad Dilworth, Colorado State Parole Board
Ferrin said the problem may lie in the range of tools used by the pardon board to predict the level of risk.
Although Lee has carried out the attacks since 1996, he was not convicted until 2014, which Ferrin said may have influenced the level of risk.
“Mr. Lee has no prior history of sex crimes because we didn’t catch him until 2010, for all of this, regardless of when it happened,” she said. “So, although in 2014 he was convicted of many crimes, and similar crimes he committed in 2010 and 1996 against many victims, the tool saw him as someone with little or no there’s a criminal history, and that’s where the tool fails.”
It is unclear how many council members voted for his release. FOX31 has requested the voting record and will update this story as it becomes available.
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