Southern Colorado sex offender sentenced to minimum of 3,180 years in prison

SARA KNUTH, Cañon City Daily Record Updated: December 6, 2017 at 11:00 am • Published: December 6, 2017 0
photo - Garland Root.
Garland Root.

A Florence man who was arrested in March for sexually assaulting a child will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced Monday to a minimum of 3,180 years.

Garland Root Sr., 65, was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child to form a pattern of abuse, sexual exploitation of a child, invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and promotion of obscenity to a minor. He pleaded guilty in July to a total of 53 counts.

On Monday, he also was sentenced to two years in jail for one of the counts, with 277 days credit for time he already has served. Several of the counts also include 20 years of mandatory parole.


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