Ex-cop sentenced for kidnapping, sex assault
Hector Paez, 33, was convicted of second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault and false reporting during a two week trial.
DENVER — A former Denver police officer was sentenced to eight years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2010, but in a rare move the judge in the case allowed Hector Paez to go free on bail while he appeals the conviction.
Paez, 33, was convicted of second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault and false reporting during a two week trial.
Prosecutors said Paez arrested a 36-year-old woman on May 16, 2010 and took her to an isolated location. He then coerced her into having sex with him by threatening to take her to jail, said court spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
Paez was an officer in District 4. He had been working with Denver police for four years.
In addition to the eight year prison sentence, Paez was ordered to be on sex-offender probation for a 10-year to life term, Kimbrough said.
“Over the objection of the prosecution, the judge then granted Paez a $100,000 bond while he appeals his conviction,” she said.
Paez claimed he took the woman to a secluded location to question her about a drug dealer. The victim has a criminal background including drug use.
He is appealing the conviction.