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Sentencing pushed for former guard

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By Deborah Swearingen

A sentencing hearing for the guard accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor at Betty Marler Youth Services Center was continued until later in December.
According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the defense requested a continuance so the case can be screened by the community corrections board. Sandy Fisher, 25, was initially scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday, but he’ll now return to court Dec. 21.
He faces prison time for a guilty plea to felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.
According to an arrest affidavit, Fisher and an unnamed juvenile at Betty Marler had sex in April, and Fisher told the victim that he would let her use his vape pen if she didn’t tell anyone. The sexual encounter came after the two had been passing flirtatious notes and kissed consensually. Two days after it happened, a Prison Rape Elimination Act coordinator called the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to report “sexual abuse from staff to student.”
After speaking with deputies, the victim was sent to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora for an examination where a nurse confirmed she had “injuries consistent with having sex.”
Surveillance video obtained by Jeffco deputies confirms that the Fisher and the victim saw each other the night of the encounter. According to Steven Terry, assistant director at the youth detention facility, guards are required to make a log on the Night Watch Daily Log any time they remove an inmate during lockdown. Fisher documented “all secure” on the night of his encounter with the victim and didn’t make any radio transmissions.
When Fisher was taken into custody, he ultimately admitted to having sex with the female inmate.

Center suspended
9News reported in July that the Colorado Department of Human Services deemed Rite of Passage, a Nevada-based operator of at-risk youth programs, was unfit to operate the youth services center.
State licensing staff assumed operations and worked to transition the inmates to other facilities.
The Betty Marler Youth Services Center, located near Wadsworth Boulevard and U.S. 285 in South Jeffco, is an all-girls juvenile detention center. It shares a campus with the co-ed Mount View Youth Services Center.