Sexually Violent Predators

Sexually Violent Predators

Sexually violent predators (SVPs) pose a higher risk to re-offend the first year after being released from the Department of Corrections.



The SVP must be 18 years or older on the date the offense was committed or less than 18 years old on the date the offense was committed, but tried as an adult.


The crime must have been committed on or after July 1, 1997. The crimes must be one or more of the following including attempts, solicitations and conspiracies:

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual assault on a child
  • Sexual assault on a child / position of trust, and
    • The conviction of such crime must have occurred on or after July 1, 1999. Conviction includes:
      • Deferred judgment and sentence
      • Guilty plea
      • Guilty
      • Nolo contendere
  • Unlawful sexual contact (felony)


The relationship to the victim must have been either:

  • A person with whom the offender established or promoted a relationship primarily for the purpose of sexual victimization
  • Stranger to the offender

Risk Assessment Instrument

Positive results, or the "passing of a risk assessment instrument," which includes an assessment for the presence of:

  • Level of denial regarding the offense
  • Mental abnormality
  • Presence of sexual deviant interests
  • Treatment appropriateness and motivation

Assessment is administered by probation / parole staff and a qualified treatment evaluator, approved by the sex offender management board.

Other States

Sex offenders who have been convicted in other states and have been assessed at the highest risk level for that state, will be designated a SVP if they relocate to Colorado.