Jury Finds Former Craig Councilman Guilty of Charges from Predator Sting
By Kristin Forbis, Sep 10, 2021
A jury found a former Craig Councilman Guilty of charges associated with an internet predator sting near Denver nearly two years ago. According to the Arrest Affidavit, Brian Paul Mackenzie was arrested on October 11th, 2019 for the crimes of Internet Luring of a Child, Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Criminal Attempt Sexual Assault on a Child. The day before, an undercover officer posted a picture on a social media site posing as an underage female named “Kylie”. A user, later identified as Brian Paul Mackenzie, sent an unsolicited message to the undercover officer, starting a conversation that began with him saying he was 30-years-old and “Kylie” indicating that she was 14-years-old. The correspondence listed in the Arrest Affidavit show Mackenzie’s questioning and responses focused on when he and the supposed teen could meet up for sex. When Mackenzie arrived at the arranged time and place, he identified himself by name when asked and he was taken into custody. The iPhone recovered from Mackenzie’s car was the phone number that had been corresponding with the undercover officer. Soon after his arrest Mackenzie resigned from his position on the Craig City Council. After several delays due to the pandemic, Mackenzie’s trial began this week in Jefferson County Court and the jury found him Guilty on all three charges Thursday morning. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 12th.