Broomfield Man Sentenced to 20 Years on Human Trafficking and Other Related Charges
On March 1, 2022, Steven Allen Contee was sentenced to 20 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender. The FBI Denver Division worked jointly with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office of Colorado to investigate and prosecute the case. Contee, of Broomfield, was arrested in March 2020 and was charged with multiple counts of Human Trafficking of a Minor for Sexual Servitude; Human Trafficking of a Minor for Involuntary Servitude; Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a Minor, Schedule 1; Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender; and Human Trafficking of an Adult for Involuntary Servitude. He would lure vulnerable minor boys who were homeless to work for his construction business, and then provide them drugs and commercially sexually exploit them. On October 25, 2021, Contee pleaded guilty in Adams County District Court.
During the sentencing, a victim provided his impact statement: “I saw how he targeted us, he would use drugs to manipulate…he would force us into things that were awful and we all complied because if you don’t do as Steve says, there [are] always violent consequences.” An advocate read a statement for a victim, “My time with Steven I genuinely thought I would die soon because everyone Steven put around me, all of it made us feel unsafe. He always kept me high on drugs because he saw he could take advantage of me when I was high and easily control me. I remember one time when he couldn’t control me he dragged me to a field and held a gun to my head, so it became easier to just do what he said.” The victim ended with, “Ideally, I would like three life sentences for the three lives he messed up. I know this isn’t possible, but he deserves it.”
Judge Robert W. Kiesnowski, Jr. indicated when speaking to Mr. Contee, “Although you are well-spoken and bright, your personality is sociopathic. You caught these victims in your web…. You left a path of wreckage for these people. Only thing I can do is make you pay with years of your life and it still won’t fill the holes for these victims. The public needs to know if someone is going to do this, there will be severe consequences.”
“There is no work more important than combating the exploitation and victimization of children,” stated FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael H. Schneider. “With the sentencing of Steven Contee, the FBI has removed a child predator from our community. We want to thank our local and state law enforcement partners, as well as From Silenced to Saved, a non-governmental organization, for their excellent work on this case.”
The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which serves Adams and Broomfield Counties, is a member of the Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Team (HT MDT) made up of local, state, regional, and federal partners including the FBI Denver Division. The HT MDT is responsible for identifying individuals who are at high risk of being trafficked. Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason said, “This case illustrates the importance of the Human Trafficking Multidisciplinary Team partnership. Had it not been for the HT MDT, this defendant would still be victimizing people in our community. This outcome is the result of successful community and interagency partnerships that are meant to identify and prosecute those who target our most vulnerable citizens.”