On Friday, January 20, 2017, a jury consisting of twelve citizens from Montrose County found defendant Kevin Larson guilty on the five charges that were filed in this case. The verdict was read in the Montrose District Court before the Honorable Keri Yoder. The five charges occurred during the time period of August 1, 2012, through May 14, 2014, and are as follows:
Count 1: Sex Assault on a Child, Pattern of Abuse, C.R.S. 18-3-405.3(1),(2)(d), a class three felony.
Count 2: Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403(3)(a), a class three felony.
Count 3: Pandering of a Child, C.R.S. 18-7-403(1)(b), a class three felony.
Count 4: Patronizing a Prostituted Child, 18-7-406(1)(a), a class three felony.
Count 5: Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405.4(1), a class four felony.
This trial began January 17, 2017, and it lasted through January 20, 2017. The evidence presented was through the testimony of the child victim, lay witnesses, and law enforcement officers. This verdict is the result of hard work from the entire Sex Offense Prosecution Team, including Seth Ryan, Lane Thomasson, and Denetta Dunlap, and our partners in law enforcement, specifically Montrose Police Detective Abby Boston. We recognize the amount of not only time, but energy and investigation that is required in cases involving sex offenses and we appreciate all of the efforts of the Sex Offense Team and Law Enforcement. A case involving a charge of sex offense requires extraordinary work, energy and investigation. This work is greatly enhanced when the sex offense involves a victim who is a minor child.
Mr. Larson was remanded into the custody of the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and will be held there until sentencing. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 27, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Montrose District Court. The court can imposed probation or may commit the defendant to the Department of Corrections for a period of two years to twelve years to life. The defendant will be required to participate in sex offender treatment and to register as a sex offender.