Man gets 6 years for molestations
A former Grand Junction man who spent more than a decade on the lam in the state of Washington after skipping town on the eve of his sexual assault trial was sentenced Tuesday to six years in community corrections.
Colorado Public Defender John Burkey, speaking on behalf of Edward Glaze, told Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister that Glaze likely would die in prison if sentenced there.
Glaze, who appeared frail and had trouble hearing at times during Tuesday’s sentencing, told Deister he had not hurt anyone after fleeing Grand Junction, and he now had “no desire to bother anybody.”
“Locking me up is just short of killing me,” Glaze told Deister. “I’m not going to go out and do any such thing ... I just want to do what is right.”
Burkey said Glaze believed if he stayed out of Colorado for 10 years, the statute of limitations on his case would run out and the charges against him would be dismissed. Burkey said Glaze had been living in a mobile home in Washington.
Glaze was arrested May 6 by agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he tried to enter Canada. Authorities used his passport to identify him as being wanted in Mesa County.
In 1996, when Glaze was 63, he offered to pay a boy $20 for sexual services and also touched the boy inappropriately while the youth was visiting his home, according to court records.
Glaze’s sister, Evelyn Orton, paid off her brother’s $17,500 personal recognizance bond after he disappeared. Orton, who is deceased, had to sell the family home in order to pay the bond.
Along with paying thousands of dollars in fees, Glaze will have to serve six years in community corrections. Burkey said Glaze will be employed at a laundromat. If he violates terms of community corrections, Glaze will have to serve a 12-year prison sentence, Deister warned.
Glaze was sentenced on felony counts of sexual assault on a child and sexual exploitation of a child. He could have received from two years to 12 years in prison for the charges.
Glaze received credit for 339 days served in Mesa County Jail.
Deputy District Attorney David Waite argued for prison time, saying Glaze didn’t show remorse to his victims, though court documents show Glaze confessed to the incidents.
Deister said his decision not to send Glaze to prison was partly because wait times for sex-offender treatment in prison can take years, meaning Glaze probably wouldn’t receive sex-offender treatment before he was released or died there. Glaze, who must register as a sex offender, would receive treatment immediately in community corrections. Deister also weighed Glaze’s lack of criminal history in his sentence.
“I think the community can be well-protected through community corrections,” Deister said.
Glaze is prohibited from contact with children under 18, and he is not allowed to possess pornographic materials or illegal substances. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department has 90 days to recoup costs associated with Glaze’s extradition from Canada.