Sexually violent predator moves to Grand Junction

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The Grand Junction Police Department has released a notification about a known sexual predator who has moved to the city.

Juan Vallejo, a 53-year-old convicted sexual offender, is residing at the local rescue mission on South Ave. in Grand Junction. The release of this information complies with a Colorado law that authorizes law enforcement to inform the public of the release of sex offenders if they have been determined to be a sexually violent predator. The notification of his release also cautions, “Vigilantism, or use of this information to harass, threaten or intimidate the offender, the offender’s significant others, or the community notification team is criminal behavior and will not be tolerated.”

Vallejo was convicted in 2002 of attempted sex assault, a class 5 felony. The bulletin about his release says that Vallejo would meet his victim, offer a ride, force the victim to comply with his requests, and then sexually assault the victim. All victims were known to the offender, and one victim was under 14 years of age. He is not on supervision (parole or probation).

Vallejo is described as Hispanic, 160 pounds, 5’ 6” tall, and has scars on the back of his neck and his left forearm. He also wears glasses.

There are currently 10,861 sex offenders registered in Colorado. Six in Palisade, 269 in Mesa County (outside of city limits), 34 in Fruita and 235 in Grand Junction city limits.

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  • by Marc Location: Grand Junction on Dec 10, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    Mesa county has only .29% of the State population (143,171 of 4,939,456) According to this article Mesa County has 5% of the the state's sex offenders. That is over 17 times the number we should have. (statistically) What is it that attracts sexual predators to Mesa County, more so than the rest of the state, and how can we stop it?
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