Former GJPD Officer, Firefighter Sentenced for Sex Assault on Child
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The disgraced former Grand Junction Police Officer and Firefighter, Eric Janusz, has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a child.
Recently, in less than 12 hours, a jury found 43-year-old Eric Janusz guilty of sexual assault on a child in a position of trust.
Back in 2000, it was discovered Janusz was having an inappropriate relationship with his 16-year-old victim and that he sexually assaulted her inside the gymnasium at Mesa State College.
In an emotional courtroom Wednesday morning, the District Attorney read a letter from Janusz's victim.
The letter stated that Janusz took advantage of her and used his authority to abuse and manipulate her. She added that her view of police officers and firefighters is tainted because of the act.
Janusz also spoke at the hearing saying he was truly sorry for all the hurt he caused and asked Judge Robison for probation so he could have an opportunity to be a father to his children.
However, Judge Robison said, Janusz has violated the public trust in committing the act and sentenced him to an indeterminate sentence of 8 years to life in prison.
An indeterminate sentence means he could see as little as 8 years in prison or he could serve the rest of his behind bars. Robison added that his time served could be reduced for a variety of factors including good behavior and participation in community programs.
However, if Janusz is released from prison, he will be on mandatory indefinite parole.