DA: McFadden must register as a sex offender

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Michael McFadden, who was once convicted of sexually abusing more than a dozen kids, will have to register as a sex offender after all because of a prior conviction from than two decades ago.

Initially, court officials said that was not the case. McFadden's was exonerated when his 2015 conviction was overturned.

He was released from prison after the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled his right to a speedy trial was violated.

But on Thursday night, the district attorney said McFadden will have to register because of his convictions from a different case in 1990.

In a Facebook post, 21st Judicial District Attorney Dan Rubinstein wrote

"While it is of little comfort to the underlying injustice of the McFadden situation, I have been working closely with the Grand Junction Police Department to address the public's safety in the wake of his release. Through heads up research of the sex offender registration unit at the GJPD, specifically Detective Brian Frasier, they have determined that the violations of Mr. McFadden's prior sexual assault on child sentence (from 1990) extended the date when he was released long enough to get him under our current registration statute. He is required to register as a sex offender for his prior offense for the remainder of his life."

As of Friday morning, the sex offender registry website did not show McFadden's name. It's unclear how long it will take before he's registered as a sex offender.