Man who labored at pizza store throughout from Boulder Excessive enters plea settlement

Feb. 1—A former worker at a pizza store close to Boulder Excessive accused of sexually assaulting a number of underage ladies has entered right into a plea deal and can serve probation and jail time.

Ilir “Jack” Sokolaj, 23, pleaded responsible to a felony rely of tried sexual assault on a baby and a misdemeanor rely of third-degree assault.

As a situation of the plea, attorneys agreed that Sokolaj will serve intercourse offender intensive supervised probation on the felony rely and jail time on the misdemeanor, based on Boulder County District Legal professional’s Workplace spokeswoman Shannon Carbone.

Sokolaj could possibly be going through six to 24 months in jail since prosecutors say the third-degree assault rely is a rare danger crime.

Prosecutors dismissed the unique prices of sexual assault on a baby and illegal sexual contact in trade for the plea.

“The victims are conscious and in favor of this decision,” Carbone mentioned in an announcement. “We wish to acknowledge and acknowledge their braveness in coming ahead.”

Sokolaj stays out of custody on a $25,000 private recognizance bond. He’s set for sentencing on April 28.

In line with police, Sokolaj “engaged in sexual acts” with underage ladies throughout the summer time of 2019 when Sokolaj was 19.

Sokolaj has labored at Brooklyn Pizza, positioned at 1647 Arapahoe Ave., on and off since 2018. The store is throughout the road from Boulder Excessive College, and police mentioned Sokolaj had frequent contact with college students.

In line with an affidavit, no less than one of many ladies was a pupil at Boulder Excessive. Two have been 14 on the time and one was 15.

The three ladies within the affidavit mentioned they might get free pizza and typically marijuana from Sokolaj. In the future in 2019, they went to his residence close to the pizza place, and the women mentioned he groped one woman in opposition to her needs and compelled two to carry out oral intercourse.

When speaking to police, Sokolaj mentioned the encounter was consensual and he thought the women have been sufficiently old and that he was younger sufficient that the encounter was authorized. However police additionally famous he initially lied and mentioned he was 18 on the time of the incident, when he was 19.

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