'This cannot happen': Boulder judge sentences VineLife Church leaders for not reporting sex assault

'This cannot happen': Boulder judge sentences VineLife Church leaders for not reporting sex assault

By Alex Burness Staff Writer POSTED: 07/23/2015 07:08:03 PM MDT

Seeking to send a message, a Boulder County judge exceeded prosecutors' requests Thursday in ordering two VineLife Church officials to serve 10 days in jail or on a work crew for failing to report sexual-assault allegations levied against the church's youth pastor in 2013.

Two elders with the church, located at 7845 Lookout Road in unincorporated Boulder County, received lesser sentences for their role in what prosecutors have described as a cover-up.

"There was enough information that the parties should have made that report to law enforcement," Judge David Archuleta said during Thursday's sentencing hearing. "A message has to be sent that this cannot happen."

VineLife pastors Walter Roberson and Robert Young will serve...

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  • commented 2015-07-25 06:50:09 -0500
    Good post SNAP.
    It’s good that the judge has exceeded prosecutors’ requests but what is the maximum sentence he could have given.
    Punish ALL people who cover up crimes against children, not just the Roman Catholics.