By Blair Shiff
DENVER - The former Denver police officer, Hector Paez, was sentenced Friday for sexual assault and kidnapping.
Paez, 33, was convicted after being accused of driving the woman to a secluded spot and forcing her to perform oral sex in March 2010.
He was sentenced to eight years in prison for the kidnapping charges. Following that sentence he would serve ten years to life on the sexual assault charge.
Paez claimed that he took the woman to a secluded location to question her about a drug dealer.
In a very unusual circumstance, the judge is allowing the former officer to avoid prison time while he appeals his conviction if he can post a $100,000 cash or property appeal bond.
In response to the judge's decision, the Denver District Attorney Tweeted, "WOW, Judge in Paez case grants him a bond while he appeals his conviction."