Colorado officials are keeping the location of 48 inmates secret to protect their lives even though victims want to know where they are, the Denver Post reports. Among the secret inmates is serial rapist Brent J. Brents, who asked to be sent out of Colorado to serve his time because of threats to his life. In a telephone interview, Brents said “the threat is very, very real.” He said he understands why his victims want to know where he is, and he expects they will find out. Brents assaulted 14 women and children in Denver and Aurora in 2004 and 2005. He was sentenced to 1,500 years in prison.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said the state is obligated to protect inmates like him. If prison officials reveal his location and Brents is killed, the state could be liable, Suthers said. Victims say they are not worried about Brents’ safety because he should have known what risks he was taking when he assaulted them. Said James Miletich, attorney for a woman who was raped by Brents: “Without knowing that he’s incarcerated in a certain location, it’s difficult for my client to feel safe.”