Sex offender could spend life behind bars |

Sex offender could spend life behind bars

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A Mesa County man is being ordered to spend at least 40 years in prison, and perhaps the rest of his life, after molesting a 12-year-old girl in Clifton.

A district judge in Grand Junction handed down that sentence Wednesday to 21-year-old Ofelio Lorenzo Acosta. He had pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, and sexual assault on a child, for the April incident.

The sentence also included a guilty plea for second-degree assault while he was in the Mesa County Jail.

Attorneys said Acosta would not complete an evaluation for sexual offenders.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret says refusing to get sexual offender treatment in prison will prevent Acosta from being considered for parole, and that may mean he’ll spend life behind bars.

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