DENVEr - A former Denver police officer convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault of a female arrestee has been sentenced to eight years in prison but the judge has allowed him to be free on bond while he appeals his conviction.
The Denver district attorney's office appeared shocked with the judge's decision on Friday, Tweeting "WOW, Judge in (Hector) Paez case grants him a bond while he appeals his conviction - bond set at $100,000 cash bond."
Prosecutors accused Paez, 33, of driving the woman to a secluded spot and forcing her to perform oral sex in exchange for not being taken to jail.
When Paez picked up the woman on May 16, 2010, she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
Paez claimed that he took the woman to a secluded location to question her about a drug dealer.
The woman has a criminal history that includes drug use and a prostitution conviction.
Paez was convicted in December but is appealing the conviction.
Paez was also sentenced Friday to 10 years to life of sex offender probation.
Paez was hired by the Denver Police Department in 2006. He was a patrol officer in District 4 but was dismissed last week..