Convicted Saudi immigrant sex offender begs parole board for release

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Homaidan al-Turki, a convicted sex offender, continued to deny allegations that he abused his housekeeper at a parole hearing on Tuesday, May 2.

After pleading on behalf of his “suffering children” with a Colorado Parole Board member during a hearing by telephone, he admitted he hasn’t enrolled in or attended therapy classes for sex offenders. He says he’s been rejected by such programs.

Brandon Mathews, the parole board member that is hearing the case, reminded al-Turki that he’s been in denial of his crime, providing the basis for his rejection by sex offender therapy programs.

As he maintained his innocence, al-Turki, a devout Muslim, claimed it would be considered lying to confess to crimes he did not commit. He is also concerned that if he has a female therapist, it would “violate his religion” to speak to her about sexual matters. He also cannot look at nude pictures of women, which may be required during treatment.

Al-Turki is also asking for release to “end the pain” he says his family is experiencing. Citing fears about their growth and the trauma caused by his incarceration, al-Turki says he feels as is his children “have been in prison with me for the last 12 years.”

The Saudi native is serving an 8-year to life term for numerous felony counts of sexual contact as well as for a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.

Al-Turki wants to return to Saudi Arabia to fulfill the remainder of his term. He was denied a transfer to Saudi Arabia in March, 2013.

He received the notification of denial from former prisons chief Tom Clements, who was murdered a week later. Al-Turkin is considered a “person of interest” in that case, and investigators are trying to determine whether al-Turki was able to hire and conspire with prison gang members 211 Crew to carry out the murder.  He was also suspected of conspiring to kill another inmate, but he was never disciplined for that allegation.

While Al-Turki claims he has taken every self-improvement course he can, he also claims he’s been able to assist other inmates with their mental health issues. He believes that if he is granted a transfer to Saudi Arabia, he would be a productive member of society.

Mathews has explained to al-Turki that a hearing with the full, seven-member parole board must be necessary for parole. Mathews will need to refer al-Turki to such a hearing and he will decide whether to make that recommendation in a few days.

Al-Turki has been seeking the transfer for years, and currently, he has two appeals in progress.  In one, he seeks to stand before the U.S. Supreme Court.

H/T: The Denver Post

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