A convicted sex offender was sentenced Monday to 48 years in prison for kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting a woman in Douglas County.
Paul E. Nader, 32, was sentenced by Douglas County District Court Judge Patricia Herron after pleading guilty, on Sept. 23, to first-degree assault and aggravated robbery, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. The plea agreement included two sentence enhancers for crimes of violence.
On Aug. 14, 2018, Lone Tree police responded to a coffee shop to investigate a reported kidnapping, the release said. Witnesses reported they saw a man force a woman into her own vehicle and drive off with her.
Moments later, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a gas station where witnesses reported seeing a man and woman get out of a vehicle. When the man wasn’t looking, the woman mouthed “Call 911” to a passerby who then called for help.
A investigation, according to the release, revealed that Nader kidnapped the victim at knifepoint. He physically and sexually assaulted her in the vehicle until stopping at the gas station, where she was able to summon help.
“This defendant is unfit to be in society and unable to participate in the world,” the victim told
the judge during Monday’s sentencing, according to the release. “Each sex assault case is worse than the prior. I highly doubt the next victim will be as lucky as me.
“I have and will continue to thrive after being kidnapped, beaten and sexually
assaulted,” she added. “Others might not be so lucky.”
District Attorney George Brauchler said: “The victim here is a study in courage and persistence. Despite enduring unimaginable terror, she kept her wits, escaped her captor, assisted in his capture and finally saw him brought to justice through this prosecution.”
At the time of the incident, Nader was living in Colorado Springs as a registered sex offender after a 2013 conviction in Jefferson County.
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