Retrial ends with former daycare director getting 96 years to life for sexually assaulting children

Joseph Renander ran Jefferson Co. daycare centers

GOLDEN, Colo. - A former Jefferson County daycare operator found guilty of sexually assaulting six little girls in his care was sentenced to 96 years to life in prison on Thursday.

Joseph Renander was originally sentenced to 78 years in the Department of Corrections during a 2006 trial. However, the original conviction against Renander was overturned because of a technicality regarding jury instructions.

All six victims, who are now teenagers, had to testify during the new trial. In his own defense, Renander told jurors he was writing books about how to keep parents and children safe from predators.

After the two-week retrial, a new jury deliberated for less than a day before finding Renander guilty of sexually assaulting the children between 2000 and 2005 at daycare centers he operated in Golden and Lakewood.

"To be honest, I'm not sure what to say," Renander told the court during the Thursday sentencing hearing. "It bothers me immensely that these kids are in any pain; it was certainly not anything I meant to happen."

During the trial, it also reveled that Renander had accessed child pornography while he was in prison following the first conviction.

Before imposing the sentence, Jefferson County District Judge Christopher Zenisek said Renander had inflicted "nothing short of horror...on these families." 

Zenisek also stated that "issues very likely continue at this time," referring to Renander's access to child pornography while in the state prison.

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