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Arboles man sentenced to 20 years

An Arboles man was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison followed by a lengthy probation sentence in a plea stemming from sexual assault charges in Archuleta and La Plata counties.

In a stipulated plea agreement, Peter Maurice Adams, 43, entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual assault and one count of second-degree kidnapping, a class two felony, said Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe.

The charges stem from sexual abuse on a boy from La Plata County in 2006 and another boy in Archuleta County in 2008.

Charges concerning both victims were combined for the plea agreement, according to Lowe.

In a Friday hearing in Durango, District Court Judge Gregory Lyman sentenced Adams to 20 years in the Department of Corrections for the kidnapping, followed by 10 years to life of sex offender intensive supervised probation to be served consecutively to the prison sentence, Lowe said.

“That is the highest level of monitoring in the probation department,” Lowe said.

Additionally, Adams was determined to be a sexually violent predator.

With the intensive probation, Adams will be required to more frequently register as a sex offender and will require increased supervision.

Normally, a sex offender registers yearly on his or her birthday, but Adams will likely be required to register quarterly, Low said.