According to the news, a man was suspected of viewing and distributing child pornography on his computer at work. He was investigated with a search warrant, which determined that he was sending inappropriate emails anonymously. These emails included child pornography, which were shared with other people and used to set up sexual meetings with others over Craigslist.
What is Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Colorado?
If this man was discovered distributing and selling child pornography online in Denver, Jefferson County, or anywhere else in Colorado, he would likely be charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403. This crime's definition is:
A person commits Sexual Exploitation of a Child if:
- He or she knowingly causes, induces, entices or permits a child to be used for any explicit sexual conduct or sexually exploitative material; or
- Prepares any sexually exploitative material to be distributed through digital or electronic means; or
- Possesses any sexually exploitative material with the intent to deal, sell or distribute through digital or electronic means; or
- Causes, induces, entices, or permits a child to engage in, or be used for any sexual conduct.
Further, retrieving inappropriate pictures of children over a computer, phone, or chat applications such as SnapChat or Skype can lead to charges of Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-405.4. A “child” in this scenario is seen as someone younger than fifteen years of age and at least four years younger than the person committing the crime. Someone would also have to expose or touch his or her own or another person's intimate parts while communicating online, or through a telephone network.
Colorado Consequences for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Adams and Logan County can either be a Class 6 or a Class 3 felony. This means that someone would be facing 1-16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections if convicted, and would be required to register as a sex offender. Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child is a Class 4 felony, which results in 2 to 6 years in prison and a $2,000 to $500,000 fine. Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where technology makes things much more accessible. Sex crimes can occur frequently, even among young people sending nude pictures over text messages, also known as sexting in Arapahoe and Douglas County.
Why You Need the Best Denver Sex Offense Lawyers
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