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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Brandon Hansen Sentenced on Probation Revocation for Videotaping Women in Tanning Beds in 2014

Brandon Hanson

Brandon Alexander Hansen, DOB: 7-14-78, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on November 6, 2018 where he was sentenced to 60 years in prison on a probation revocation. On April 30, 2015 Hansen was sentenced to 8 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years Sex Offender Intensive Supervision Probation (SOISP), for breaking into tanning booths at a Lakewood tanning salon and secretly taking video of unclothed women while they were tanning. There were 20 victims between 17 and 61 years of age. He also was required to register as a sex offender once he returned to the community.


After serving two years in prison, Hanson was released to three years parole and SOISP in October, 2017. On September 12, 2018 a warrant was filed alleging that he had violated the terms and conditions of his SOISP and on September 27, 2018 his probation was revoked.


The Probation Department’s Complaint lists numerous violations of Hansen’s SOISP contract. In direct violation, he was found to have a smart phone which provided an internet connection. This facilitated him committing other violations such as accessing porn from sites such as www.Xhamster.com, visiting social media sites, and possessing and using cameras or video recording devices. Also in violation of his probation conditions he went to numerous unapproved locations use primarily by children such as Water World, Elitch’s, Chatfield State Park, Adventure Golf, and hiking and biking trails. A review of his phone showed that while at Water World he viewed swimsuit porn videos such as “Whore in a Swimsuit” and “Free Chubby Swimsuit Strip”. Another requirement of SOISP was that he actively participate in the sex offender evaluation and treatment program. On September 11, 2018 RSA, the sex offender evaluator and treatment provider, unsuccessfully terminated him from their program for the above reasons as well as his “ongoing secret-keeping,manipulation, and deception…”, saying that due to safety concerns he would be unsuccessfully discharged.


During a search of Hansen’s home, the probation officer found ammunition and hunting knives.


On March 5, 2015 Hansen pled guilty to 20 counts of Burglary (F4) and 20 counts of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification (M1).


At the re-sentencing hearing on November 6, the prosecutor asked for prison, telling the court that while Hansen had been determined to be a high risk to reoffend before he began treatment, even under dual supervision and through the duration of treatment, the risk continued to escalate; neither prison nor SOISP had an impact on him. She noted RSA’s finding that, while Hanson maintained an appearance of compliance, he was engaging in high risk, unapproved, sexualized behaviors. While denying that he created new victims, he displayed predatory behavior searching online for minor-themed, sexually stimulating materials and then attended multiple minor-oriented locations. The prosecutor asked for a prison sentence for each of the 20 named victim in the original case.


Having reviewed all the information, District Court Judge Lily Oeffler noted the egregious nature of the facts, and the number of victims, saying that she had significant concerns that Hansen is a safety issue for society. She sentenced him to three years in prison for each of the 20 victims, less time served.


“Hansen’s behavior is incorrigible. He feels no connection to how his conduct impacts victims,” said DA Pete Weir. “In 2015 we hoped that an eight years prison sentence followed by the 10-year SOISP sentence, which included treatment, and registering as a sex offender, would help ensure safety for the community. We were mistaken. This lengthy sentence is a necessary step to protect our citizens.”

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