Attorney General announces guilty plea in unlawful sexual contact case involving former Western Slope District Attorney

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that Myrl Serra, the former District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District of Colorado, pleaded guilty in Montrose District Court to criminal extortion, a class-four felony, and unlawful sexual contact, a class-one misdemeanor. The unlawful sexual contact charge involved three victims. In pleading guilty, Serra acknowledged that sufficient evidence exists for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

As part of the plea agreement, Serra could face up to 12 years in prison and will be required to register as a convicted sex offender. A Montrose jury previously convicted Serra of three counts of violating the conditions of his bond, a felony, on August 31, 2011. Serra also faces a mandatory prison sentence following his conviction at trial for a felony bond violation involving one of his three victims. The sentence imposed will run consecutive to any sentence the judge levies on the criminal extortion and unlawful sexual contact charges. 

The Office of the Attorney General was appointed by executive order in September 2010 to oversee the special prosecution of Myrl Serra, who was District Attorney for the 7th Judicial District of Colorado at that time. First Assistant Attorney General Robert Shapiro handled the prosecution of Serra. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation assisted the Office of the Attorney General with the case.

Serra is scheduled for sentencing at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012 in Montrose District Court.

The 7th Judicial District covers Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Miguel and Ouray counties.

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