CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors in Arapahoe County say Kenneth Michael Dyer, who pled guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he lured on the Internet, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison.
Between June 26, 2012 and July 6, 2012, Dyer, 43, of Aurora, conversed with the victim on the website TeenSpot.com. Dyer told the victim that he was 29-years-old, when he was 40-years-old at the time, authorities said.
After a series of online conversations, Dyer called the victim and lured her to meet him in his vehicle at a park where he sexually assaulted her, according to prosecutors.
Dyer was arrested by the Aurora Police Department after the teen's parents saw texts from the Dyer on the victim's phone.
When questioned, Dyer said that he just assumed that the victim's age was listed incorrectly and that he thought she was between 17-18 years old.
"Kenneth Dyer is a predator and another tragic reminder to parents of the need to be vigilant in protecting children from those who prey upon them on the internet," said District Attorney George Brauchler. "We make sure every child looks both ways before crossing the street, because some reckless driver may come barreling down the road towards them. We must take the same approach to those miscreants who hang out in teen chat rooms hoping to satisfy their own twisted desires at the cost of a young child’s innocence. Our community and our children are safer with the defendant behind bars."
Using the screen name K-Dog777, Dyer told investigators that he had chatted with many other juvenile girls and that he had been on TeenSpot.com "off and on for around three years and possibly consistently since November 2011" to the time of his arrest.
When the detective asked him why a 40-year-old man would be on TeenSpot.com, Dyer said "people often say they are older or younger, and that it's a fantasy world."
"The defendant's actions -- and his alone -- are why he will spend the next 12 years of his life in prison," said prosecutor Christopher Gallo. "The consequence of hurting a child is severe and the defendant will have the next several years to think about how reprehensible his actions were."