Fremont County

Florence man receives 3,180-year sentence for sex crimes

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - A Florence man will assuredly spend the rest of his life behind bars after receiving a multi-thousand-year sentence Monday for pleading guilty to dozens of sex crimes.

According to the 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office, 65-year-old Garland Root, Sr. was sentenced to 3,180 years in the Department of Corrections for pleading guilty to more than 50 charges in July.

But before he's transferred to the DoC, Root will serve a two-year sentence in the county jail for a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, according to the DA's office.

Root, who was already a registered sex offender, was arrested on March 2 by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office after authorities received reports that he had a sexual relationship with a juvenile.

The Canon City Daily Record reports that the Fremont County SO and the DA's office found 280 folders on a hard drive belonging to Root that contained thousands of images and dozens of videos of child porn. Investigators also learned Root had committed multiple sexual assaults against multiple victims.

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