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Charges Filed after Prostitution Ring Bust

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jun 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

In recent news, a prostitution ring was busted. Read more in our blog.
In recent news, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood is being charged with over 21 criminal charges, including Pandering – C.R.S.18-7-203 and Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402. According to reports, the man allegedly set up a prostitution ring by recruiting female soldiers in need of cash. As you can see in this situation, when prostitution rings are broken up, people are often charged with multiple crimes. When the charges start piling up, the people involved can expect a serious prison term. They would be wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. When multiple charges are filed, it takes a skilled Colorado criminal defense lawyer to fight the charges with knowledge and expertise. Let's take a closer look at charges of Pandering and Prostitution – C.R.S. 18-7-201, and what to expect if you have been charged in Adams, Denver, or Jefferson County.

What is Pandering?

Pandering is charged in Colorado whenever a person induces a person to engage in prostitution, or knowingly arranges for a situation where a person could practice prostitution. It is similar to Pimping – C.R.S. 187-206, except with Pandering, a person's income isn't derived from the act of prostitution. The Fort Hood soldier most likely has been charged with Pimping as well, since he was the organizer of the ring and recruited women. Pandering ranges anywhere from a class 5 felony (if intimidation or menacing was used to coerce someone into prostitution), to a class 3 misdemeanor (when a person offers to arrange for a situation where someone could practice prostitution). The misdemeanor sentence is up to 6 months in the Denver County Jail, whereas the felony results in a prison term to the Department of Corrections of up to 3 years.

What is Prostitution?

Prostitution is charged in Douglas, Arapahoe, or El Paso County whenever a person trades sexual acts for something of value. In some cases, money is the thing of value, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Recently in Denver, men were placing Craigslist ads offering free rent to any women who wanted to live with them (they were obviously expecting sex). Prostitution is a misdemeanor offense. If a person is convicted of Prostitution, they could face up to 6 months in the Jefferson County Jail.

Who Runs Prostitution Rings? It's Not Always Who You Think

When people read stories about the uncovering of prostitution rings, they think of the classic pimp in a striped suit with shifty eyes. This is a stereotype. In fact, prostitution rings are often run by people in seemingly legitimate businesses. For example, last year a woman faced multiple charges after it was discovered that she was running a prostitution ring out of her Zumba studio. In many situations, the women involved in prostitution are willing participants. So, when another woman manages them, it doesn't seem as serious at it really is. There have been stories about young college graduates entering prostitution rings to pay off school loans. Don't let a bad decision ruin your future. If you have been charged with a crime related to prostitution, don't hesitate to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime related to a prostitution ring, be smart, exercise your right remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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