District Attorney, FBI Secure Prison Sentence for Defendant Who Trafficked Juvenile Victim
January 12, 2023
Brighton, CO — Today, District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the 10-year Department of Corrections sentence for Robert Stenschke, 33, following his guilty plea to Trafficking a Minor for Sexual Servitude on January 4, 2023.
In October of 2020, the minor victim in this case, who was 17-years-old at the time, was introduced to Robert Stenschke through a friend who was also being trafficked. The victim in this case ran away from home to be with the defendant. Stenschke advertised the victim's services online in the Denver Metro area. The FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force was able to track down and recover the victim. The Task Force investigates cases involving minor and adult domestic sex trafficking.
Three days later, Stenschke located the victim and took her from a hair appointment in Fort Collins. The defendant then traveled with her to Florida, California, and Las Vegas while trafficking her the entire time. Stenschke was eventually located with the victim in California and arrested on January 29, 2021. The victim admitted that she engaged in commercial sex work on behalf of the defendant and gave him the money that she earned. Ads for her services were posted on various escort sites.
On January 4, 2023, Stenschke pleaded guilty to the following charge:
Trafficking a Minor for Sexual Servitude (F2)
On January 4, 2023, following Stenschke's guilty plea, an Adams County Judge sentenced the defendant to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. "Human trafficking is a despicable crime and this case is a prime example,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “This defendant preyed on a child, stole her innocence and trafficked her for money all over the United States. The defendant richly deserves the penalty he has received for trafficking this young girl." "This trafficker exploited his victim for his own personal gain. FBI Denver is grateful to the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office for pursuing this case through to yield a prison sentence for what this man did to a minor," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Leonard Carollo. "The FBI Denver Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force will continue to do everything it can to ensure victims of sex trafficking receive the services they need to move forward with their lives, and that their traffickers are brought to justice."
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennie Sisk of the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Special Victims Unit led the prosecution of this case.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.