Officials identify ‘sexually violent predator’
The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday they expect Jeff Hammond, a 28-year-old considered a sexually violent predator, to have moved to Craig by today.
Hammond was convicted of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust in July 2001 in Jefferson County.
Hammond’s Colorado Department of Corrections file shows his sexual assault conviction came from a consensual relationship, meaning Hammond was involved with a consenting minor, Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.
Law enforcement is required by state statute to notify a community when a person considered a sexually violent predator moves to the area.
DOC determines the classification through testing, which deems whether a person is “likely” to re-offend.
Hammond was paroled to Moffat County after serving two years in prison for a later conviction of cultivation of marijuana, which occurred locally.
Authorities expect him to stay at a local motel until he either finds a permanent local residence or requests to move somewhere else.
If Hammond finds a permanent residence in Craig or Moffat County, law enforcement will be required to host a community meeting about him and his classification through the state.
The notification process is similar to one local law enforcement used in April 2007 for another man classified a sexually violent predator, Robert Allen Barnstable.
Barnstable was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1978 and attempted sexual assault on a child, a 12-year-old female, in 2005.
He was arrested in May 2007 for failing to register an address – a parole violation – and sentenced to six months in prison before being eligible for parole.
He does not live in Moffat County now.
Hammond is scheduled to be on parole until May 2012. His parole conditions prohibit him from having contact with anyone younger than 18 or visiting places frequented by children – such as parks – and he must remain under GPS supervision.
Vanatta stressed that police will not tolerate any vigilantism, harassment or threats against Hammond.
He said any such activity is against the law and will be prosecuted.
The Police Department and Sheriff’s Office plan to post educational and safety information regarding sexually violent predators to their Web sites – http://www.craigpolice.org and http://www.moffatcountysheriff.com.
The Web sites also will contain a notice about Hammond, as well as lists of sex offenders who live in the community.
Vanatta said he was unaware of any other sex offenders classified as sexually violent predators in the community, but he said there are 43 sex offenders who live in Craig, and eight who live in the county.
Part of the information put out by law enforcement includes tips about what parents can tell their children.
According to a Police Department news release, parents should tell their children not to interact with anyone they do not know, although it also states as many as 90 percent of sex offenses are committed by people who know their victims.
Parents also should listen to their children and believe them, because children who feel listened to about small things are more likely to share bigger problems, police said.
The release also states parents should explain the situation with age-appropriate details, such as saying “some people do bad things to children.”
Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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