Parshall man sentenced to jail time for sex crimes
June 12, 2018
A Parshall man was sentenced to eight years probation and 90 days in the Grand County jail last week after pleading guilty to sex crimes that occurred in the summer of 2016.
District Court Judge Mary Hoak sentenced Derek Dulac on June 6 to eight years probation including sex offender probation for crimes he reportedly committed roughly two years prior. Dulac was also sentenced to 90 days in the county jail along with additional conditions including being required to register as a sex offender, according to a press release from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Dulac's guilty plea was part of a plea agreement.
According to information provided by the district attorney's office, the incident that led to Dulac's guilty plea occurred in August 2016 and involved an assault by Dulac on two young women at a house party in Parshall. Dulac pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, a class five felony, and two counts of third degree assault, class one misdemeanors. The charge of attempt to commit sexual assault is subject to deferred judgment and sentencing whereas the two counts of third degree assault are not.
Under Colorado law, if Dulac successfully complies with the conditions of his deferred judgment, the felony attempted sexual assault charge may be dismissed — the misdemeanor charges are not deferred and will not be dismissed, according to the district attorney's office. If Dulac violates any term of his deferred judgment, the felony conviction will enter permanently on his criminal history and he would be subject to re-sentencing on that conviction.
The investigation into the incident was conducted by the Grand County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney's office. Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Dowdell prosecuted the case.
"This plea agreement and sentence secures a certain and final measure of accountability for the victims in this case, and spares them the trauma of cross examination, allow them to move forward," stated District Attorney Brett Barkey. "The community is on notice that Mr. Dulac is a registered sexual offender and subject to intensive sex offender probation. If he fails to comply with any of his obligations he will be brought back to court to face potential prison time."