Adams County Sex Assault on a Child Defendant in Colorado Custody After Nine Years on the Lam in Morocco
February 13, 2023
Brighton, CO —Today, the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the United States Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Denver Field Office, and the Adams County Sheriff's Office are announcing the successful extradition of Patrick McKenner, 52, from Morocco on various pending charges including Sex Assault on a Child.
In 2014, McKenner's case was set for trial; however, the defendant failed to appear for the Motions Hearing in May 2014. McKenner was eventually located in Morocco. The District Attorney's Office has been working with the Department of Justice and the FBI Denver Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force to track the defendant's whereabouts and complete an extradition. McKenner was eventually detained in Morocco.
Last week, the FBI Denver Extradition Team, comprised of one FBI Agent and two FBI Task Force Officers, traveled to Morocco and completed the extradition. On Saturday, February 11, 2023, the Adams County Sheriff's Office met the FBI Denver Extradition Team at Denver International Airport and completed the transfer of custody. McKenner was booked into the Adams County Jail. The defendant is being held with no bond. The entities involved in this extradition would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Moroccan authorities who helped to make this possible.
McKenner's charges include:
Sex Assault of a Child--Position of Trust (F3)
Sex Assault on a Child--Pattern of Abuse (F3)
Sexual Exploitation of a Child (F3)
Sex Assault on a Child (F4)
Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6)
Case number 2013CR002500 was originally filed in Adams County District Court. McKenner's next court appearance will be on Friday, February 17, 2023, at 8:30am.
McKenner's booking photo is attached to this release. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the Arrest Affidavit would need to do so through the Court in Adams County.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo RPC 3.6.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
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Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.