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    Sexual Predator Sentenced to Prison for 15 Years to Life


    Convicted sex offender Joseph Albert Ellsworth, DOB: 7-31-56, was sentenced to prison on December 1 for 15 years to life. This is Mr. Ellsworth’s third felony conviction.

    In August 2014, investigators with the District Attorney’s Child Sex Offender Investigations (CHEEZO) unit received an unsolicited message from Ellsworth. This led to sexual communication with someone Ellsworth believed to be an underage teen. The next day Ellsworth drove from his home in Colorado Springs to Jefferson County to meet the teen for sex. He was arrested at that time.

    In October 2015, a Jefferson County jury found Mr. Ellsworth guilty of Internet Luring of a Child (F4) and Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child (F5).

    At the sentencing hearing on December 1, prosecutors told District Court Judge Todd Vriesman that Ellsworth had two prior felony convictions, and at the time he had just completed his federal prison sentence, for a similar offense, just seven days before he was arrested by the CHEEZO unit on August 8, 2016. In addition:

    • Ellsworth drove to Oklahoma 1999 to have sex with a child he met online. He was arrested and convicted in both state and federal court for that offense. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, with three years supervised release, in the federal case and six years prison in the state case. These were concurrent sentences.
    • He repeatedly violated the terms of his parole supervisions, luring children for sexual purposes, one as young as ten years old, during his periods of parole supervision. Over the following ten years he was often revoked and resentenced. During one period of supervision, Ellsworth’s treatment team discovered questionable information on his cell phone and Ellsworth swallowed the sim card to prevent them from examining its content.
    • Ellsworth had an additional felony conviction in Denver when he was a police officer

    Following the sentencing hearing, Judge Vriesman sentenced Mr. Ellsworth to the maximum and also found him to be a Habitual Sex Offender and a Sexually Violent Predator.

    “Joseph Ellsworth is a sexual predator who has been preying on children for decades. He had to be stopped and a prison sentence is the only way to do it,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “Our CHEEZO unit is an asset to the community in helping us identify and stop predators like Mr. Ellsworth.”

    Pam Russell
    DA Pam Russell
    303-271-6905
    prussel@jeffco.us

    December 9, 2016

    Joseph Ellsworth


    Last Updated: 12-13-2016
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