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Date: 10-07-2021

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United States of America v. Blair Root House

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00349-REB-JMC

Judge: Robert E. Blackburn

Court: United States District Court for the District of Colorado (La Plata County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Durango, CO: Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with aggravated sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse against two different children below the age of 12.

Blair Root House, age 63, of Towaoc, Colorado, was charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of sexual abuse against two different children below the age of 12. The offenses occurred while the children were in his care at his home in Towaoc, Colorado.

“Sexual offenses against children create harms that last a lifetime,” said Acting United States Attorney Matt Kirsch. “While we can’t undo the harm and pain of these crimes, we have ensured that Mr. House will harm no more children while he is in federal prison.”

“The FBI and our partners work diligently to investigate and bring to justice individuals engaged in the exploitation and sexual abuse of minors. This 20-year sentence rightly holds Mr. House accountable for his actions while bringing a greater measure of security to the community,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “The FBI is grateful to our partners at the U.S. Attorney's Office for their efforts in this case and our shared commitment to protecting children.”

United States District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn sentenced Blair Root House on October 5, 2021, for one count of Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force in Indian Country and one count of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Child in Indian County. The crimes took place between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2008.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney R. Josh Player handled the prosecution of the case.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

10/08/2021 73 JUDGMENT as to defendant Blair Root House. Original Indictment: Dismissed. Counts 1 and 2 of the Information: Imprisonment for a term of 240 months as to each of Counts 1 and 2, to be served concurrently. Supervised release for a term of 5 years as to each count, to be served concurrently. Total special assessment in the amount of $200. Total JVTA assessment in the amount of $10,000.00. Entered by Judge Robert E. Blackburn on 10/8/2021. (lrobe) (Entered: 10/08/2021)
10/08/2021 74 STATEMENT OF REASONS as to Blair Root House. (lrobe) (Entered: 10/08/2021)

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