COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Colorado Springs police officer Joshua Carrier will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of molesting 19 boys.
The jury announced mostly guilty verdicts on Friday afternoon at the El Paso County Courthouse. Among the convictions were 34 counts of sexual assault on a child. He was found not guilty of 10 charges.
Carrier didn't show much emotion as he learned his fate. Some family members of the victims were in tears.
"I can't wait to see the relief on that boy's face when I get home," said one man.
"I get to tell him he doesn't have to worry about coming to court again," said a victim's mother.
When Carrier was a volunteer wrestling coach at Horace Mann Middle School, he had wrestlers strip naked and then performed what he called "skin checks" by touching and examining the boys' genitals. Jurors could see exactly what happened in some instances because Carrier taped what he was doing with a web camera.
The sex assault charges came to light after police were tipped off that Carrier was buying child pornography. Parents started talking to their kids and found out what Carrier was doing.
This was the second trial for the case. In April, a jury convicted Carrier on 21 counts for child pornography, acquitted him on some charges and were unable to reach a verdict on most of the 207 counts in the case.
"It was awful, some of the kids were tearful at the thought of having to do it again," said prosecutor Amy Fitch.
Fitch and prosecutor Jennifer Viehman said they were thrilled with the jury's decision.
"It just represents for these children that they were heard, that they were believed," she said. "That the person who did this to them isn't going to get away with it."
Carrier's defense attorneys said their client maintains his innocence.
"He is supported by his family. He feels deeply saddened for them and for everyone involved in this," said lawyer Josh Tolini. "No matter how you look at this, it's a tragic situation."
Tolini said the guilty verdicts will be appealed immediately after Carrier is sentenced on February 22nd at 9 a.m. Carrier will remain in custody without bond.
School District 11 issued the following statement on Friday afternoon:
School District 11 has learned that Officer Joshua Carrier, a former volunteer and school resource officer at Mann Middle School, has been convicted of multiple sexual offenses relating to children. We deeply regret the harm to our students and our school community resulting from Officer Carrier's conduct as a person in a position of trust. The safety, security, and social emotional well-being of our students remain top priorities in the District.