Kidnapping suspect John Snorsky considered a 'sex offender,' but not required to register

DENVER - A parolee accused in the recent kidnapping of a little girl has a history of sexual misconduct in state prison, but CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta discovered that he is not required to register with the state as a sex offender.

John Stanley Snorsky, 26, is accused of pulling an 8-year-old Aurora girl through her bedroom window in the middle of the night. The district attorney charged Snorsky with felony kidnapping, two counts of felony burglary, felony enticement of a child, misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor assault.

According to documents obtained by the CALL7 investigators, Snorsky committed multiple violations that placed him on sex offender status within the Department of Corrections years before he was accused of trying to kidnap the little girl.

Snorsky's disciplinary history with the DOC started in September of 2007, according to documents obtained by the CALL7 Investigators. He was convicted of "sexual harassment" for masturbating in the presence of an officer at the Kit Carson Correctional Center.

Four months later, at the Limon Correctional Facility, he was found guilty again of "sexual harassment" when he admitted to masturbating.

In January 2009, while incarcerated in the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City, he exposed himself and made a sexual gesture to an officer. For the third time, he was convicted of "sexual harassment."

Four months later, Snorsky's fourth sexual harassment conviction occurred because he sent a note with sexual remarks to a teacher.

These convictions were decided by formal disciplinary hearings based on violations of the Colorado Code of Penal Discipline. A violation of the COPD could also subject the offender to federal, state or local law; however, Snorsky was never criminally convicted.

Roger Hudson, a spokesman for the DOC, says Snorsky's "infractions did not meet the standard to pursue criminal charges."

As a result of Snorsky's COPD convictions he is identified within the DOC as a sex offender or "SXO," but this designation is not available to the public. Rather, it is located on an internal offender tracking system used by the Colorado Department of Corrections, called "C-WISE" or the Colorado WebBased Integrated Support Environment.

The CALL7 investigators obtained a copy of Snorsky's C-WISE page, which clearly identifies him as a sex offender. As further confirmation that the DOC regarded Snorsky to be a sex offender, the C-WISE log documents a group message sent the morning of his arrest reminding Snorsky that he is "prohibited from participating in Halloween activities…" because of his sex offender status.

Despite all this, Marchetta's sources confirm Snorsky was never placed on the "sex offender unit" caseload, a decision within the DOC's discretion, when he was paroled. DOC's decision to keep him labeled as an "unhooked sex offender level 1" meant Snorsky would not be under heightened monitoring and he would not be required to register on the public state sex offender registry.

While on parole and not under the supervision of the sex offender unit, Snorsky launched a website that says he started a foundation for at-risk children. Also, in a YouTube clip, he said he wanted to be a "role model" for them.

Hudson responded to CALL7 questions stating that "all offenders are evaluated upon entering the CDOC" and assigned a sex offender risk level as an "assessment tool." However, sources confirm to CALL7 that only parolees considered sex offenders are identified in the system with a sex offender designation.

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