Sex offender sentenced for assaulting 10-year-old girl

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A judge handed down a sentence to a Parker man convicted of sex assault on a child while on probation for a similar crime.

Jose Nael McCarthy-Dawson, 32, will spend 10 years to life behind bars for assaulting the 10-year-old daughter of a woman he met online. McCarthy-Dawson was on probation for a prior sex assault on a child and already a registered sex offender when he committed the recent crimes at his home in Parker.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office says McCarthy-Dawson was “trolling” the internet looking for a new victim while on lifetime probation for 2005 guilty plea for “sexually touching a child.”

"If ever there was a chance for someone to receive a life sentence, on a case like this, this is that case," said Douglas County District Court Judge Paul King.

The DA’s office says the case illustrates the danger of taking a stranger you meet online into a home with children without knowing who they are. Prosecutors said McCarthy-Dawson established a relationship with a woman who he knew to have a daughter in order to have access to the child and victimize her. He told the victim that she must not tell her mother about the assault. The 10-year-old’s mother notified the Parker Police Department after learning of the assault.