Aurora man sentenced to 80 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old

A convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old victim and sharing video images and photos of the assaults.

Erik McDaugale, 31, of Aurora, was sentenced Jan. 15 in Arapahoe District Court after pleading guilty on Oct. 23 to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to the district attorney’s office. Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

“Crimes against children are some of the most difficult cases we prosecute,” said District Attorney John Kellner in a news release. “These are trusting victims, who often don’t understand the crimes being committed and don’t know to seek help. The predators in our communities target them for those reasons, and we have to take measures to keep those predators away from our kids.”

In the spring of 2019, Aurora police traced child pornography videos and images to McDaugale, who was living in the basement of an acquaintance, the release said. McDaugale was sexually assaulting a child in the home and sharing videos and photos of the assaults online.

The case against McDaugale started when the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At the time, there was an active arrest warrant for McDaugale for failing to register as a sex offender.

McDaugale was sentenced by District Court Judge Darren Vahle.

“What you have done are terrible things,” Vahle told McDaugale at sentencing. “Child pornography revictimizes the children you have already harmed – and it creates a new obsession/perversion in other people – you are part of the cycle that will cause victimization of another child. You cannot ever be near children.”


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