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Posted on: February 5, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Steamboat Man Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking And Child Prostitution

Routt District Judge Shelley A. Hill sentenced Miguel Diaz-Martinez to 50 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation as a result of his guilty pleas to multiple counts of Sex Trafficking and Inducement of Child Prostitution.

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Commander Annette Dopplick, Steamboat Springs Police Department, stated, “For each victim, the decision to come forward was difficult and scary. It took tremendous courage to put words to Mr. Diaz-Martinez’s heinous actions. It is my hope that today’s sentence adds to each survivor’s sense of resiliency and strength.”

District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “Judge Hill’s sentence today sends Mr. Diaz-Martinez, an insidious sexual predator on children, to prison to begin his 50 year sentence.  With this sentence, our nine courageous victims can continue their recovery and healing without fear of ever seeing Mr. Diaz-Martinez again.  The incredible bravery these young people in coming forward to stop Mr. Diaz-Martinez from continuing to prey on other young people cannot be overstated.  They have inspired us all.” 

DA Barkey continued, “This first victim was identified when investigators with the All Crimes Enforcement Team uncovered a lead regarding a sexual assault that they then forwarded to the Steamboat Springs Police Department. The Steamboat Springs Police Department, and in particular Detective Sam Silva, then picked up the case and identified the further eight victims in their painstaking, months-long investigation.   The outstanding work of these two agencies enabled us to remove from our community one of the most insidious child sexual predators in recent Routt County history.”

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Steamboat Springs Police
Annette Dopplick, Police Commander
970.879.4344 |

14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Donna Zulian, Communications Director
970.824.7041 |
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