Missing Sexually Violent Predator Avoided Prison
Updated: June 26, 2008 09:37 PM MDT
Alter was arrested in August 2006 and charged with sexually assaulting a six-year-old and an eight-year-old. He reached a plea agreement in June 2007. In April, he was sentenced to probation, for 20 years-to-life.
“We were asking for a sentence to the Department of Corrections, a term of four years to the rest of his natural life plus 20 years-to-life parole after that,” says El Paso County Deputy District Attorney Brien Cecil. “I felt it was the most appropriate sentence based on what he had done, he had committed sexual assault against two very young children.”
Judge Barney Iuppa presided over the case. NEWSCHANNEL 13 stopped by his chambers to ask about Alter’s sentence. We were told, “It’s not proper for courts to discuss decisions that have been made.”
“Typically, an individual that is on probation would be deemed more manageable in the community,” says Gail Harwood from the El Paso County Department of Human Services. “Anybody who may know where this individual is right now would really be doing a service to this individual’s victims, as well as the community at large, to let authorities know where he is.”