A Littleton man accused of sexually assaulting children he was babysitting was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Corey Austin Medo, 23, was sentenced on May 7 by Arapahoe District Court Judge Elizabeth Ann Weishaupl, according to a news release Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child on March 12. Additional charges Medo was facing were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
The news release said a Centennial mother reported that her babysitter had sexually assaulted her child, and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation on Nov. 30, 2019. The investigation revealed multiple assaults had taken place since March 2018, when the mother had hired Medo after finding him on a babysitting website.
“A person who preys on children entrusted to his care deserves to go to prison,” Arapahoe County District Attorney John Kellner said in a statement. “Here we have parents trying to do the right thing, screening the person they choose to watch their children. And he takes advantage of his position of trust and molests those youngsters. My office will always pursue these cases aggressively.”
Several families had hired Medo, the release said, and he was also a youth basketball coach. Investigators believe he targeted boys between the ages of 7 and 10.
“Nothing can replace the innocence the defendant stole from the child he was trusted to protect,” said Deputy District Attorney Jacob Kremin, who prosecuted the case. “However, this resolution will ensure that he is locked away while the family begins the healing process, and that upon his release, he will be prohibited from having contact with any other child.”
Medo must register as a sex offender after serving his prison sentence.
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