Serra’s guilty plea needed for Montrose DA’s office

Myrl Serra’s guilty plea Wednesday to a felony charge of criminal extortion, as well as misdemeanor sexual contact, will apparently bring a much-needed end to a sordid, unfortunate chapter in 7th Judicial District Attorney’s office, which is headquartered in Montrose.

Serra, the former district attorney for the 7th Judicial District, won’t be sentenced until January. But his guilty plea means he will have to register as a sex offender, that he will be a convicted felon and it will save the county the necessity of a costly trial, which was scheduled to begin later this month.

Because of his August conviction for violating bail-bond conditions, it’s likely Serra will spend some time behind bars. In that case, he was found guilty of intimidating a woman who was expected to be a witness against him in his trial on sexual misconduct charges.

Based on his guilty plea to a charge of criminal extortion, a class four felony, Mesa County District Judge David Bottger could sentence Serra for up to 12 years in prison.

As an employer, Serra abused his employees through his attempts to coerce sexual favors from them. And, as the former top law-enforcement official in the 7th Judicial District, he abused the public trust voters conferred on him when they elected him to that office. He deserves a tough sentence for his crimes.

We hope his guilty plea on Wednesday also brings some measure of closure to Serra’s victims.


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