A convicted sex offender who testified before a legislative committee Tuesday was threatened with “severe consequences” by his parole officer, according to a complaint filed in federal District Court.
The Department of Corrections is investigating whether his free-speech rights were violated. ____ ____ spoke at a hearing where advocates for sexual-assault victims debated mothers of sex offenders about a consultant’s report that Colorado was wasting tax dollars by overtreating low-risk offenders.
He told legislators that he came out of prison as a low-risk offender, but after two years of treatment at a cost of $500 a month, he has been separated from his friends, was told he can’t go fishing and was penalized for letting his mother bake pies in his home.
The next day, his parole officer, Genie Connaghan, displayed a newspaper article about the hearing on her desk and told him “he would suffer ‘severe consequences’ for testifying at the hearing,” according to the complaint filed by ____’s attorney, Alison Ruttenberg. Full Article