JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A Jefferson County jury convicted a man of sexually assaulting six young girls for a second time Friday.
Joseph Keith Renander, 37, was found guilty on nine counts of sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, three counts of sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust in a pattern of conduct and five counts of enticement of a child, according to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
This was the second time Renander was convicted in this case, said DA Office spokeswoman Pam Russell. Renander was originally convicted in April 2006 after being accused of sexually assaulting six young girls while they were in his care at daycare centers he operated between 2000 and 2005. He was then sentenced to prison for 78 years to life in November 2006.
The case returned for a new trial on an appeal after the Court of Appeals reversed the judgement in August 2013, said Russell. The appeal said the original trial court had failed to give a required jury instruction before the jury began deliberations.
Russell added that the new trail lasted two weeks, and the jury deliberated less than a day before returning a guilty verdict for all counts on Friday.
During the two-week trial, Renander testified in his defense.
He told the jury he was writing books about how to keep families safe from predators.
Renander said he created a fictional character to highlight the process pedophiles use to establish relationships with children and their families, explaining how these relationships progress slowly.
Renander went on to explain in his books that “most pedophiles love children,” and they would change their ways if they could, but most, including himself, do not know how.
All six victims, who are now teenagers, testified against Renander during the trail.
Russell said his sentencing has been scheduled for June 13.