Sean Crumpler sentenced to 50 years in Aurora adolescent boy sex trafficking case

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AURORA | A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for forcing adolescent boys to have sex in exchange for gifts, food and shelter at a swank Aurora home.

Sean Crumpler, 50, had pleaded guilty to three felony charges of trafficking in March.

At a lengthy hearing last year, a judge said there was ample evidence for Crumpler to stand trial on multiple felonies, including sex trafficking and unlawful sexual contact charges related to three different boys who were 16 at the time.

The judge said the boys were among the 10 to 15 boys and young men between the ages of 16 and 21 who lived at Crumpler’s home — including teenage runaways from California — and who were allowed to stay only if they “capitulated” to Crumpler’s sexual whims.

With no place to go, the teens were essentially forced to endure degrading sexual acts, the judge said.

“The number of young men and boys the defendant victimized over the years is staggering,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Cara Morlan told the court in asking for the lengthy sentence, according to a statement from prosecutors. “This defendant intentionally targets our most at-risk youth, and he has no regret and would not change anything if he had to do it over again … The only thing appropriate is a punishment so long that he will never again have access to children.”

Crumpler, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested in August 2015 after police said one of the teen’s grandmothers contacted police and told them she believed her 16-year-old grandson was being exploited. He was released on bond soon after but re-arrested early this year on a bond violation. He has been in jail since.