Defendant Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Two Young Girls in Adams County
August 10, 2022
Brighton, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the sentence of Daniel Boerner, 37, who was sentenced to 16 years to life in the Department of Corrections following his Sexual Assault on a Child conviction in Adams County District Court on May 26, 2022.
On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Daniel Boerner sexually assaulted the 10-year-old daughter of a family friend during a barbeque in Thornton. Boerner touched the victim's vagina underneath her clothing. Through the course of this investigation, it was discovered that Boerner sexually assaulted another child two years earlier when she was just eight years old. During that incident, Boerner also touched the victim's vagina underneath her clothing.
On May 26, 2022, Boerner was convicted by an Adams County Jury of the following charges:
Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust (2 Counts) (F3)
Sexual Assault on a Child Pattern of Abuse (F3)
Aggravated Incest (F3)
Sexual Assault on a Child (2 Counts) (F4)
On August 5, 2022, an Adams County District Court Judge sentenced Boerner to 16 years to life in the Department of Corrections.
"This defendant used the power and stature he maintained in the lives of these young girls to prey on them," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "There are no words to describe the disgraceful actions of this defendant, and there's no way to measure what he stole from the victims in this case. I hope they receive some sense of relief that justice was done in this case. I commend law enforcement, my staff, and the jurors for delivering a just verdict in what was an incredibly difficult case."
Deputy District Attorney Brian McGarry, of the Child Victim Unit, led the prosecution of this case.
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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).
Alex Castro Croy
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.