Former Bridgeway director sentenced for sexually assaulting youth at the Lakewood group home

William Wayne Sexton was found guilty of eight counts

Posted 7/2/19

On June 24, William Wayne Sexton, former director of the Lakewood juvenile group home Bridgeway, was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison. Sexton, who served as director for Bridgeway between 2015 …

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Former Bridgeway director sentenced for sexually assaulting youth at the Lakewood group home

William Wayne Sexton was found guilty of eight counts

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On June 24, William Wayne Sexton, former director of the Lakewood juvenile group home Bridgeway, was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison.

Sexton, who served as director for Bridgeway between 2015 and 2018, was sentenced for sexually assaulting youth at the group home, according to a news release from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Bridgeway was contracted through Savio, a nonprofit organization that provides services and intervention services for youth and families, the news release reads.

Savio never responded to requests for comment about Sexton.

While working for Bridgeway, Sexton, 56, sexually assaulted five teenage males who were living at the group home. He became friends with the teenagers, and they said they saw Williams as a “father figure.” Sexton gave and smoked marijuana with one of the teenagers, and he provided and drank alcohol with another one. The teenagers were between the ages of 14 and 16-years-old.

“What these young men suffered at the hands of Sexton is reprehensible. Already going through difficulties in their young lives, they were subjected to unimaginable horrors at the hand of someone they had been groomed to trust and look up to,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir in a news release.

Sexton was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child by someone in a position of trust, sexual assault of a child by someone in a position of trust, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawful sexual contact and violation of bail bond conditions.

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