Pair of sexual predators to be housed in Junction
Two men convicted of sex crimes against children are slated to become part of the Grand Junction community, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
On Wednesday night, police provided the public with information about Carl Vincent Avery, 43, and Kirby Douglas Johnson, 55. Both men have been classified as “sexually violent predators,” based on the nature of their crimes and their risk of committing additional sex crimes, according to the Police Department.
Avery is living at Community Corrections, 650 South Ave. He is in sex offender treatment and is monitored by a Global Positioning System device. He is described a black, 5 feet, 6 inches and weighing 155 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Johnson is scheduled to be released on Friday, according to police. He will be living at Community
Corrections after he is released from the Mesa County Jail on Friday, Sgt. Tony Clayton said.
Johnson also will enter into sex offender treatment and be monitored by a GPS device. He is described as white, 5 feet, 8 inches and weighing 230 pounds. He has brown hair and grey eyes.
Authorities in all states are required by federal law to notify the public when a man or woman classified as a sexually violent predator moves into the area.
During Wednesday night’s meeting, the Police Department gave the public more information about the nature of Avery and Johnson’s crimes.
Avery was convicted of sexual assault in Mesa County in 1997 and again in 1998. He also was convicted of attempted sexual assault in Garfield County in 1999. Avery gave his victims alcohol before sexually assaulting them. His victims were girls ages 13 to 17.
Johnson was convicted of sexual assault causing serious bodily injury in 1995 in Wyoming. His victim was an 8-year-old girl. In 2001, he was convicted for not registering as a sex offender in Wyoming.
Johnson also has charges of fraud, forgery, obstruction of an officer and an additional assault conviction on his record. In 2007, he was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in Mesa County, which is why he is in jail, Clayton said.
Police used Wednesday night’s meeting to notify the public of Avery’s and Johnson’s records as well as educate people about sex crimes.
But Clayton also warned people about the dangers of harassing men or women who have registered as sex offenders and who are classified as sexually violent predators.
First, harassing them is a crime, Clayton said. Second, harassing sexually violent predators may push them to go “underground” and stop notifying authorities of their whereabouts.
“As much as we dislike what they’ve been convicted of, it’s beneficial for us” to know where they are, he said.
Police Department Spokeswoman Kate Porras said Avery and Johnson are unemployed but will be looking for work. They will be required to notify authorities when they find their own residence or make any physical changes to their appearance.
The Police Department will then notify the public, she said.