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Oct 30, 2013 11:00 PM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Canon City man sentenced after pleading guilty to sex crimes against three girls

A Canon City man who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a child was sentenced in Fremont County on Wednesday afternoon.

William Sabo was sentenced to 90-days in prison and 10-years-to-life on probation on two of the counts and 90-days in prison with 15-years probation for the third. Sabo pleaded guilty in August to sexually assaulting two girls, an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old, as well as sexual exploitation for having photographs of a 15-year-old girl in the shower. He committed the offenses between 1999 and 2012.

"He has wrecked more lives and hurt more children than any one man should've ever done," the mother of one of the victim's told News 5 after the sentencing. "My daughter was 8-years-old when this happened and it took her a long time to get to the point where she could even speak of it."

Sabo will serve his prison terms consecutively, meaning he will serve a total of 270-days in jail minus 76-days he's already served. After his prison term he will be serving under Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation (SOISP) which is much stricter than standard probation.

"A small sense of freedom because he did admit he was guilty and yet there's still several lives that are at best wrecked," another victim's mother said.

Family members of two of the Sabo's victims hoped for more punishment, but accepted a plea agreement because they felt a trial would've been too much to put the girls through. The focus now, they say, is trying to move on.

"Their sentence is forever," one mother said of all three victims. "It will be part of who they are."

Sabo was arrested in October of 2012 after a year-long investigation by the Fremont Combined Investigations Response Team.

 

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