A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 80 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old victim and sharing video images and photos of the assault.
Erik McDaugale, 31, of Aurora, was convicted in Arapahoe District Court on January 15 after pleading guilty on October 23 of four cases of child sexual exploitation, prosecutors said. Other charges were dismissed under a plea agreement.
Arapahoe County DA
“Crimes against children are some of the toughest cases we prosecute,” District Attorney John Kellner said in a press release. “These are trusting victims who often do not understand the crimes committed and do not know whether to seek help. The predators in our communities target them for these reasons, and we must take steps to keep these predators away from our children. “
In the spring of 2019, Aurora police followed videos and images of child pornography about McDaugale, who lived in a friend’s basement. McDaugale sexually assaulted a child at home and shared videos and photos of the attacks online.
The McDaugale case began when the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At the time, McDaugale had an active arrest warrant in place for not registering as a sex offender.
McDaugale was convicted by District Judge Darren Vahle.
“What you did are terrible things,” Vahle McDaugale said at the sentencing. “Child pornography revictimizes the children you have already hurt – and it creates a new obsession / perversion in other people – they are part of the cycle that causes another child to be victimized. You can never be around children. “