By Stephanie Alderton
Journal Staff Writer
Cortez Police Department released the name of a sexually violent predator who recently moved to the city of Cortez.
On May 25, police started to advertise that a person convicted of a violent sexual crime was released in Cortez. On Thursday, Detective Buck Woodman confirmed the identity of the person to be Brian Clifton Gentry, a 39-year-old man who lived most recently in Grand Junction and now lives at a residence on Jordan Place in Cortez. He was convicted in 2006 of sexually assaulting a child in 2005 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Gentry is on parole from the Colorado Department of Corrections and has “a high potential to re-offend,” according to a statement released on the Cortez Police Department website. According to the statement, he committed his offense against a girl he knew who was under 15 at the time.
Gentry is one of 37 registered sex offenders in Cortez and 78 in Montezuma County.
Colorado law requires law enforcement officials to notify their communities every time someone convicted of a violent sexual offense moves to the area. A full list of Cortez’s registered sex offenders is available on the city website under the “Police” tab. Woodman said that website visitors are strongly encouraged to watch a linked video about the law and sexually violent predators before viewing the list.