Adams County sheriff's deputies conducted a registered sex offender sweep recently to assess the living situations of the more than 450 registered sex offenders in that county. Sex Offenders must always register with the government in Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County after they are convicted of or plead guilty to Sexual Assault (CRS 18-3-402), Aggravated Incest (CRS 18-6-301), or Internet Luring of a Child (CRS 18-3-306).
The Sheriff's Department found a grand total of three that were not living according to the law set out by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). Those people will now have warrants put out for their arrest and will be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (CRS 18-3-412.5), a felony sex offense charge in Larimer, Weld, and Jefferson County.
The rules for registering as a sex offender in Colorado are very complicated. These people may not have been intentionally trying to manipulate the system, but somehow they made a misstep with their registration. There are many rules which must be completely followed. If a sex offender lives too close to a school or park, for example, they will be found out of compliance with SOMB and charged.
Police say that tracking sex offenders is very important to keeping the community safe. After a person is convicted of a sex crime, they must register as a sex offender for an extended period of time starting after they are sentenced. In some cases, they must register for life. This is a type of punishment that lasts long after the initial crime was committed, and is a way for the government to keep punishing people for mistakes made many years ago.
If you fear that random sweeps by police in cities like Aurora, Littleton, or Highlands Ranch could result in a warrant for charges of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (CRS 18-3-412.5), be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.