Appeal by convicted Steamboat child molester denied |

Appeal by convicted Steamboat child molester denied

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A former Steamboat Springs Christian school teacher and pastor in prison for molesting a 12-year-old boy has lost his appeal.

John Brothers, Jr. was sentenced in 2014 to 20 years to life in prison.

John Holland Brothers Jr.

A Routt County jury found Brothers guilty of eight felony counts of sex assault on a child. One charge was filed for each of the eight times in 2007 that Brothers molested the 12-year-old boy.

Prosecutors argued Brothers groomed the boy over time to gain his trust leading up to the molestation at a residence in Steamboat.

During the sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen described Brothers as “a serial child molester” who “methodically organized his life around the ability to sexually assault children.”

Also during the sentencing, Judge Shelley Hill told Brothers the only way he could possibly be released from prison was if he won an appeal and had his conviction overturned during a new trial or if he admitted what he had done, got treatment and convinced a parole board he should be released.

Karzen said that during the appeal process, Brothers challenged the admissibility of expert testimony on the topics of sexual abuse dynamics and offender grooming behaviors and on the admission of testimony from another victim of Brothers in Kentucky.

The Colorado Court of Appeals rejected the arguments.

“While we were confident the trial was a clean one, it is always a welcome development when an appellate court agrees and affirms the convictions, particularly in a case like this,” Karzen said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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