A babysitter in Colorado will spend a decade behind bars for raping children in his care.
Corey Austin Medo, 23, of Littleton, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a child, a Class 3 felony, on March 12, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Other counts were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.
This week, Medo was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
On Nov. 30, 2019, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Medo after a mother reported her babysitter sexually assaulted her child.
The investigation revealed the assaults took place starting in March 2018, when the mother hired Medo after finding him on a babysitting website, according to the district attorney's office.
Several families hired Medo as a babysitter. He was also a youth basketball coach, according to prosecutors.
Investigators believe Medo targeted boys between the ages of 7 and 10.
“A person who preys on children entrusted to his care deserves to go to prison,” District Attorney John Kellner said in announcing the sentence. “Here we have parents trying to do the right thing, screening the person they choose to watch their children. And he takes advantage of his position of trust and molests those youngsters. My office will always pursue these cases aggressively.”
“Nothing can replace the innocence the defendant stole from the child he was trusted to protect,” Deputy District Attorney Jacob Kremin said. “However, this resolution will ensure that he is locked away while the family begins the healing process, and that upon his release, he will be prohibited from having contact with any other child.”
Upon his release from prison, Medo must register as a sex offender.