Police: Sex predator in corrections
Multiple offender must complete treatment program before he’s released
A state-labeled sexually violent predator with a lengthy criminal record has taken up residence at Mesa County Community Corrections, authorities said Tuesday.
Rick Duane Studer, 50, who was arrested in Grand Junction in August 2008 for failure to register as a sex offender and later convicted on that charge, was moved on April 29 from the Mesa County Jail to Community Corrections, 650 South Ave., where he’s now enrolled in a sex offender treatment program.
Studer wears a Global Positioning System ankle monitor as part of his current 18-month sentence. It wasn’t clear how long Studer will be required to wear the tracking device.
“He will not be allowed out of the building unit until all his program conditions are complete,” Grand Junction police said in a televised broadcast on Mesa County Cable Channel 12.
A state judge ruled Studer to be a sexually violent predator under Colorado law because of his convictions in 1995 in Wyoming on three counts of felony immoral acts with a minor.
Specifically, police said he engaged in “grooming behaviors” with runaway girls ages 13 and 14 — giving them alcohol and marijuana before sexually assaulting them.
Studer’s criminal record includes convictions dating back to 1982 on charges including battery, drunken driving and terroristic threats, in several states including Kansas, Utah and Wyoming.
Tuesday’s announcement on Studer, which was broadcast repeatedly over Mesa County Cable 12, came with several glitches authorities weren’t immediately able to explain.
“It was obviously a learning experience,” police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.
Porras said the broadcast-only format will be considered on a “case-by-case” basis in the future.
A broadcast set for Tuesday at 8 a.m. never happened, while a showing slotted for 11 a.m. didn’t appear until about a half-hour after its scheduled start.
Since January 2007, Grand Junction police had hosted meetings at Grand Junction City Hall, and broadcast the meetings live, when sexually violent predators were released into the community. Notification is required under state law when SVPs arrive in Colorado communities.
Porras said poor attendance at past meetings persuaded them to only broadcast the information.
Aside from Studer, the valley is home to two other known SVPs.
Kirby Douglas Johnson, 56, is being held at the Mesa County Jail, while 43-year-old Kevin Lee Garner was last known to be living at 400 Reeder Mesa Road in Whitewater.