In our previous post: Juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child Charges in Denver are Over the Top, we discussed the effects of a sex offense on a juvenile’s record. Adults who have violated the trust of a child by committing Sexual Assault on a Child – CRS 18-3-405 should go through treatment until they no longer pose a risk to kids. When the violation is extreme, and a person caused great trauma to a child, the adult should have a lifetime offense on his record. But, should the same go for children? If a young child touches another child out of sexual curiosity, should they be burdened with a LIFETIME record in Jefferson, Denver and Arapahoe County? If faced with juvenile sexual assault charges in Denver, should a young person undergo a harsh treatment program? In Colorado, that is just what they get.
The Stigma of Juvenile Sexual Assault Charges in Denver
Our legislature has lost their mind. Do they not understand how society views a boy or girl later turned adult, who has a sex offense on their record in Larimer or Weld County? No one wants to hire that person or give them an apartment to rent. Sexual offenses have a terrible stigma which the legislature ignores. And this law is broad: “unlawful sexual behavior” includes misdemeanor Unlawful Sexual Contact, and non-touching Indecent Exposure, Public Indecency and Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification. These crimes don’t require a minor child victim. Imagine the boy who thinks streaking would be fun to try. Or the girl who is peeping into the bathroom of a neighbor? Both would be hamstrung for life under this thoughtless expungement law.
Let’s give our children a chance Coloradoans! Why require a child to carry a lifetime of regret for a sex based crime occurring when they are young and don’t understand boundaries or sexuality. Youth are expected to make mistakes. Hopefully, with laws that make sense, they can be educated on proper behavior and given a chance to make it in their adult years without a millstone around their neck.