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Peter Dettmer, who was extradited from Ecuador to Colorado, sentenced to at least 28 years in prison for sex crimes

A man who was extradited from Ecuador to Jefferson County to face multiple sex assault charges has been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

Peter Robert Dettmer, 69, was sentenced on Thursday for sex assaults he committed between April 2014 and June of 2016, according to a district attorney’s office news release.

On June 10, 2016, police were called to a Golden residence where witnesses reported seeing Dettmer, through an apartment window, sexually assault an unconscious woman.

During the subsequent legal proceedings, Dettmer, in 2016, “absconded” to Ecuador, the release said. On April 27, 2021, he was extradited by federal authorities back to Colorado. His is the second extradition from Ecuador to the U.S. in the past 27 years.

Investigators found evidence of “numerous sexual assaults, including identifying a separate victim” in connection to Dettmer, prosecutors said.

On May 16, Dettmer pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault from five separate incidents involving two victims, according the release. The felony charges included the drugging of a victim, victim incapable of appraising conditions, and of a “helpless victim.”

The sentences were ordered to run consecutively. Dettmer received 416 days of presentence confinement credit, including for time he was detained in Ecuador.


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