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Man accused of raping boy at Boulder hotel gets work release, probation

Calan Reichstein also receives deferred judgement following plea deal with Boulder DA

Calan Reichstein

A man accused of raping a teenage boy after a wedding at a downtown Boulder hotel in 2017 was sentenced to probation and work release on Friday.

Calan Edward Reichstein, 30, pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in May, with the plea agreement calling for a two-year probation sentence on the unlawful sexual contact count and a two-year deferred sentence on the delinquency count.

A deferred sentence means that if Reichstein is able to go the two years without being charged in any new cases and fulfills the terms of the sentence, including completing sex offender treatment, his guilty plea will be withdrawn. If he violates the terms, he will automatically be found guilty of the delinquency count and be sentenced.

On Friday, Boulder District Judge Judith LaBuda approved the stipulated sentence but also added one year of work release, which the plea deal did allow for.

Reichstein will also have to register as a sex offender. He was taken into custody following the sentencing hearing to await a work release bed.

“This case initially presented with aggravated facts but after close consultation with the victim and his parents, it was agreed that a jury trial would not be the right course,” Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Christian Gardner-Wood said in a statement. “Instead, the key goal was obtaining accountability, obtaining supervision and treatment, and some degree of punishment. The plea agreement in this case was approved by the victim and his family and the sentence today held the defendant accountable for his actions and will result in time spent in jail and an opportunity to obtain sex offender treatment in order.

“Should the defendant not be successful with the sentence imposed, he will have a permanent felony conviction on his record and he will face prison time. The needs and wishes of victims, especially in sexual offenses, are important to our office and we were glad to reach this resolution for the victim and the community.”

According to an affidavit, Reichstein and the boy, who was 14 at the time, both were attending a wedding at the St. Julien, 900 Walnut St., in April 2017. The boy told police that Reichstein, whom he had not met before the wedding, offered to buy him alcohol.

Following the wedding, the boy told police that Reichstein told him to come to his room later that night if he wanted more alcohol. The boy said he left the hotel room he was sharing with a family member and went to the room, where he said Reichstein sexually assaulted him.

The boy’s family later noticed the boy had left the room and said that when he returned he was sobbing and hysterical, but would not tell them what happened. The family then returned to their home in Arizona.

However, a few months later the boy told his girlfriend and then his family about the sexual assault, and they called to report it to Boulder police.