‘This cannot happen’: Boulder judge sentences VineLife Church leaders for not reporting sex assault
Two pastors sentenced to 10 days of jail or work crew, elders receive lesser sentences
By Alex BurnessStaff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2015 07:08:03 PM MDT
Updated: 07/24/2015 11:26:09 AM MDT
Seeking to send a message, a Boulder County judge exceeded prosecutors’ requests Thursday in ordering two VineLife Church officials to serve 10 days in jail or on a work crew for failing to report sexual-assault allegations levied against the church’s youth pastor in 2013.
Two elders with the church, located at 7845 Lookout Road in unincorporated Boulder County, received lesser sentences for their role in what prosecutors have described as a cover-up.
“There was enough information that the parties should have made that report to law enforcement,” Judge David Archuleta said during Thursday’s sentencing hearing. “A message has to be sent that this cannot happen.”