Boulder man sentenced to four years to life in prison on sexual assault conviction

A Boulder man who sexually assault a woman he picked up at a bus station in 2017 was sentenced in Boulder District Court on Friday to four years to life in prison.

A Boulder County jury convicted Ryan Clive Jones, 48, in December of sexual assault and sexual without consent. Boulder District Attorney‘s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone said in an email that Jones was sentenced to 18 months on the sexual and four years to life on the sexual assault charge.

The sexual charge falls under Colorado‘s indeterminate sentencing law, which means Jones will have to undergo treatment and apply for parole before he can be released from prison.

Jones will have to register as a sex offender.

According to an arrest affidavit, a woman told police she was waiting at the Boulder Transit Center at 14th and Walnut streets in downtown Boulder at around midnight on June 28, 2017, when Jones approached her and struck up a conversation.

After talking about his job and her parents‘ jobs, the woman said Jones invited her to his apartment — which was just across the street — for a beer. The woman said she didn‘t want to miss the bus back home to Longmont, but Jones told her he would take her in an Uber.

According to the affidavit, the woman said Jones began flirting with her and asking her to have sex with him, but she said she refused his advances. She said he then sexually assaulted her before allowing her to leave.

Police were able to use the address the woman provided to find Jones, who the woman positively identified as the man who assaulted her.

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Doughertysaid in a prepared statement that “because of the unwavering courage and strength of the victim, we were able to secure the just outcome and sentence in this difficult case.

“We had an outstanding team handling this investigation and prosecution,” Dougherty said. “They did an excellent job for the victim and the community.”