Steamboat Springs man receives 5-year prison sentence for drug, sex crimes |

Steamboat Springs man receives 5-year prison sentence for drug, sex crimes

— A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for unlawful sexual contact and drug distribution.

Police believe Bruce Lobban sexually assaulted a homeless 17-year-old girl in 2015 while the girl was sleeping. The girl initially did not want to report the incident to police, and police learned about it third-hand.

Lobban was scheduled to go to trial for the sexual assault, but he took a plea deal instead.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Lobban had befriended multiple minors and young adults in crisis. They described Lobban’s home as a crack house.

Juveniles were regularly at Lobban’s home, and he provided them with illegal drugs on multiple occasions, including cocaine, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

While he was awaiting trial, the All Crimes Enforcement Team investigated Lobban and arrested him on suspicion of drug distribution. Lobban sold cocaine to a confidential informant on two occasions.

After Lobban accepted the plea deal, District Judge Shelley Hill sentenced him to five years in prison. Lobban will have to complete sex offender treatment and will have to register as a sex offender.

“Mr. Lobban’s incarceration will prevent him from continuing to perpetrate crimes against vulnerable members of our community,” District Attorney Brett Barkey said in a statement. “The sentence brings a measure of justice for Mr. Lobban’s victims and hopefully some closure.

“I wish to extend appreciation to the many law enforcement agencies that worked so hard on the investigation and prosecution of this case, especially the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the All Crimes Enforcement Team,” Barkey said.

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

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