Sexual Assault on a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405, can be a traumatic event for a child. Adults who have violated the trust of a child should be expected to go through treatment until they no longer pose a risk to kids. In some cases where the violation is extreme, the adult should even have a record of this offense for a lifetime. What about a young child who touches another child out of sexual curiosity, however? If a child is charged with juvenile sexual assault on a child in Denver, should they be burdened with an extensive treatment program and a LIFETIME record of the offense in Jefferson, Denver and Arapahoe County? In Colorado, that is just what they get.
Juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child in Denver: Always on Record
Colorado statute provides that no child adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for a sex act can expunge their record (C.R.S. 19-1-306(7)(d)). In other words, even some exploratory touching by a 12 year old boy, of his 7 year old ]sister, remains as a lifetime black mark. This is ridiculous and illustrates how short-sighted Colorado lawmakers are in Douglas, Adams and Broomfield County. Wanting to appear “tough on crime” to satisfy the nutty child protection lobby, they fail to see the great harm they are doing to . . . . children?
In listing the group of minors who cannot expunge their records, right next to those minors charged as adults for serious crimes, is those children adjudicated for “an offense involving unlawful sexual behavior as defined in section 16-22-102(9), C.R.S.” We are not simply talking about those kids who forcibly rape another child – we are talking about young boys and girls more than 4 years apart, who engaged in any type of sexual touch.
A Lifetime of Punishment
A lifetime record of juvenile sexual assault on a child in Denver is a huge burden to carry. Children who commit sex based crimes don’t understand sexuality, or boundaries, and make enormous mistakes out of curiosity. Let’s give our children a chance, Coloradoans! We need to create laws that make sense, where children can be educated about proper sexual behavior. We need give them the chance to become an adult without a millstone hung around their neck.
Read part 2 in this series on juvenile sexual assault in Denver