Sentencing delayed again in false child abuse case
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — There was drama in a courtroom on Friday after a judge threatened to clear the room after sentencing for a former Arapahoe County social worker was delayed again.
Robin Niceta was supposed to learn her sentence for crimes against Aurora City Council Member Danielle Jurinsky. But the judge said Niceta’s attorney would not make it to the hearing, and people scoffed.
The hearing was supposed to start at 9 a.m. but began more than half an hour later.
It was an unusual chain of events — everyone showed up except for an attorney representing the defendant. For half an hour, Niceta sat alone waiting for her attorney to show up.
“Unfortunately, Ms. Niceta’s counsel is extremely ill and unable” — Judge Eric Eliff began, pausing as responsive murmuring was heard in the courtroom. “I will clear this courtroom. Don’t think I won’t.”
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Jurinsky at one point said the entire room was filled with her supporters and that no one there was attending to support Niceta.
This was the second time Niceta’s attorney had been absent. Niceta was found guilty of false allegations against Jurinsky, who spoke in court during the hearing.
“I was chosen to bring down this reign of terror that was Robin Niceta,” Jurinsky said.
Niceta was found guilty of attempting to influence a public servant and filing a false child abuse report. The report came after Jurinsky made critical comments about former Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, whom Niceta was dating at the time.
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Niceta was an Arapahoe County social worker when she targeted the councilwoman.
“I was immediately placed on medications to render some sort of normalcy,” Jurinsky said as she fought back tears.
Jurinsky’s father also spoke out.
“Our family endured sleepless nights, discussions, tears,” Jerry Jurinsky said.
A manager who said she currently works with the Arapahoe County Child and Adult Protection Services Division also described the impact Niceta’s actions had on the agency.
That employee said her actions had “tarnished” the agency that helps abused and neglected children.
After court, Jurinsky said Niceta should have already been locked up. Niceta’s next hearing was set for April 12 with a new attorney.