Sheriff announces sexually violent predator

Spruell warns community not to harass Dolores man

Dustin Wall Enlargephoto

Dustin Wall

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office has announced that a Dolores man has been determined to be a sexual violent predator.

Dustin Wall, 25, pleaded guilty to felony attempt to commit sexual assault by overcoming the victim’s will and misdemeanor third-degree assault on June 12. Court records reveal the 36-year-old victim did not consent when attacked at a Dolores hotel on April 23.

According to court records, Wall was granted a deferred sentence of 48 months of supervised probation, which includes sex offender treatment, random drug test, a curfew and registration as a convicted sex offender. Officials said he served 106 days in jail and was fined $6,366.50.

Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell said Wall was listed as a sexually violent predator after a criminal justice review board determined that he presented a “high potential to re-offend.” Spruell cautioned the community not to intimidate, threaten or harass Wall, saying that a stable offender increased community safety.

“We don’t want sexually violent predators to go underground,” said Spruell. “We don’t want them to go into hiding.”

Probation officer Rhonda Eppard said Wall is not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18, banned from using the Internet, barred from possessing or purchasing firearms, is subject to a minimum of two annual polygraph tests and must refrain from visiting schools, parks and other areas where children gather.

Sheriff officials said Wall’s current residence was more than 10 miles away from the nearest school.

Across Colorado, there are 16,678 registered sex offenders. Another 1,291 have either failed to register or have a history of failing to register as sex offenders. There are 87 registered sex offenders residing in Montezuma County.

tbaker@cortezjournal.com