No Jail Time for Soliciting Child Prostitution

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A man who tried to pay a 12–year–old girl $100 in exchange for sexual favors will not go to jail.

45–year–old Larry Dean Davis pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting child prostitution as part of a plea deal. In exchange he will serve two years of sex offender probation. But people who live in his neighborhood are worried about a sex offender living next door and they say probation isn't enough.

"It's shocking something like this is in our cul-de-sac," Larry Brozovich told 11 News when we told him he is living across the street from a man who tried to pay a young girl for sexual favors. Now he's worried about his four grandkids playing outside.

"They should have locked him up," said Brozovich.

Fruita police arrested Davis in March after a two–month investigation. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he has nine prior misdemeanors.

Prior to the plea deal, Davis was facing 32 years behind bars, now jail isn't in his future.

"No child was actually harmed," Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told 11 News on Monday.

Hautzinger says defendants like Davis need treatment and supervision and giving them another chance is the best use of resources.

"We need to save the jail bedspace for people actually hurting children."

Hautzinger says prosecutors also take into account the victim's wishes.

"In this case the girl testified at sentencing and said Davis was like an uncle to her and she did not want him to go to jail."

As part of the plea deal Davis won't be able to have contact with anyone under the age of 18, not even his own children until after his sex offender counselor says it's okay.

But Brozovich says davis should not get another chance.

"A man like that, taking advantage of a kid, it should be one strike and you're out," said Brozovich.

Because everytime his grandchildren come to visit, he says he'll have to look over his shoulder.

Davis will have to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors say if he violates probation at any time, he could end up in jail.

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  • by Anonymous Location: gj on Jul 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM
    this is ridiculous this man did not hurt the child so obviously the county is doing this to get money from his pockets,this man is a man i know very well and he has two young children to raise and they adore him anymore is all these children talk about is how they miss their daddy and how ridiculous the county is making this!
  • by Susan Location: GJ on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    "We need to save the jail bedspace for people actually hurting children." Does this mean that we have to wait for known sexual predators to strike? This man has already proved himself a danger to children. He'll be in the news again, only this time he'll have ruined a child's life.
  • by Lori Location: Grand Jct on Jul 15, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    So I guess they are waiting until he actually hurts a child before something is done. The act of solicitation is enough to say he will do it again but next time a child will get hurt. Send him to jail and let other prisoners take care of him.
  • by Shannon Location: Clifton on Jul 15, 2008 at 12:52 AM
    Most child molesters start out with lesser crimes against children. The recidivism rate for child molestation is up to 77%. I hope that when this man actually does molest children in the future, the families of those children sue the county for failing to put this man behind bars.
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