74-year-old sentenced to 210 years for child sexual assault | SummitDaily.com

74-year-old sentenced to 210 years for child sexual assault

DENVER – A 74-year-old former foster parent who briefly served as an Episcopalian priest was sentenced to 210 years in prison Monday after he was convicted of sexually assaulting boys as young as six years old.Donald Shissler was found guilty on Friday of 15 counts including sexual assault on a child and sexual exploitation of a child. He was accused of assaulting three boys between 1997 and 2002.Denver District Judge Martin Egelhoff called the case the worst of its kind he had ever seen and said Shissler still did not think he had done anything wrong.His attorney, R. Scott Reisch, did not immediately return a call.In 2005, Shissler had pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison, but that plea was overturned and a trial was ordered.When Shissler was arrested in 2002, police said they found pornographic pictures and videos from his house.Shissler was an Episcopal priest for two years, last serving in Aspen in 1963. The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado has said no allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him during his time in the clergy.His history as a foster parent was unclear. He once said he was a foster parent to 27 children over 17 years. His Denver foster license was issued in 1985 and revoked 1992 over allegations he had dressed inappropriately.

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