Court upholds conviction of molester

The Colorado Court of Appeals last week announced it upheld sex-assault convictions against a former Palisade Police Department officer.

Patrick L. Casey, 54, was sentenced by District Judge Valerie Robison to serve 27 life terms in prison following a Mesa County jury’s verdicts in April 2009.

Two girls, both former foster children in the Casey home, were repeatedly sexually assaulted between 1997 and 2008.

The girls were ages 3 and 4 when the assaults started, according to trial testimony.

Among issues raised in Casey’s appeal, attorneys argued Robison incorrectly did not allow the jury to hear testimony from one of the girls, who alleged she had been abused by a neighbor.

The defense sought to introduce the testimony toward challenging the girl’s credibility.

Under Colorado law, Casey’s defense would have had to offer proof that the girl made multiple, prior false reports of sexual assault before the testimony would be allowed, according to the appellate court ruling.

No such evidence was offered, the ruling said.

Casey started part-time with the Palisade Police Department in 1988 and became full-time in 1994.


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