Colorado sex offender runs for office, pleaded ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’

A registered sex offender is campaigning for city council in Colorado, as reported by CBS Denver.

Abel Laeke, 39, is seeking to fill one of two open council seats in Aurora. However, state officials recently discovered that he was convicted in 2005 of a sexual contact charge and was placed on the sex offenders registry.

Laeke pleaded “not guilty by reason of insanity” to the class 5 felony and the criminal database confirmed that he was convicted of the crime, along with a lesser charge of indecent exposure. However, Mike Hyman, Attorney for the City of Aurora told the Aurora Sentinel that the 39-year-old was not convicted and that his plea was accepted, thus making it possible for him to run for city council.

Incidentally, that was not the would-be politician’s first brush with the law. In 1996, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office arrested the 39-year-old on a felony burglary charge, as noted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. In 2000, he was picked up on a DUI charge and in 2002 it was criminal trespassing that put him behind bars. Court records also indicated that he spent several years at Colorado State Mental Hospital in Pueblo.

Though his campaign website does not mention the sexual contact charge, it does lead readers to his autobiography, called No Pressure, No Diamonds.

“I was lured by the bad behavior of those I considered friends, alarming my family and derailing my life. Add the trauma of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and my life hurtled toward the dark halls of a psychiatric institution. Like a phoenix, I was able to reclaim my life and turn my hard-won lessons into a passion for service to humanity,” a description of the book reads.

Laeke currently runs his own business consulting firm and teaches Sunday school at his Aurora church, CBS Denver has noted. He has not responded to comment on these matters.

[Featured Image: Colorado State Police]