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According to the news, a 52-year-old man was convicted after traveling to Colorado to meet a young girl that he lured over the Internet for sex. Instead of meeting a teen girl, however, he met an undercover police officer who pretended to be the teen. The man sent naked images of himself and asked for naked images in return. He even wanted the girl to travel back east with him after meeting her. In Jefferson County, Adams County and everywhere else in Colorado, this man could be charged with Internet Luring of a Child and Enticement of a Child.
What is Internet Luring of a Child in Denver?
The definition of Internet Luring of a Child, C.R.S 18-3-306 in Arapahoe County is:
An actor commits internet luring of a child if the actor knowingly communicates over a computer or computer network, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message to a person who the actor knows or believes to be under fifteen years of age.”
The definition goes on to say that in the computer or cell phone communications, the actor describes sexual conduct with the child and invites her to meet the actor for any purpose, when the actor is more than four years older than the child or than an age that the child thinks the actor is.
Because this man was communicating with an underage person online in hopes of meeting for sex, he would face charges of Internet Luring of a Child. The man sent and wanted sexual images, so it is likely that he was describing sexual conduct with the child. Internet Luring of a Child is a class 5 felony, which means that someone could face 1-3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. If someone commits luring of a child with the intent to meet for sexual exploitation purposes or sexual contact purposes, he or she would be charged with a class 4 felony. A class 4 felony charge results in 2-6 years in prison. Undercover stings like the one that happened in this news story happen frequently, but not everyone accused is guilty. An experienced criminal defense attorney might be able to prove that a person was persuaded to commit a crime because they were deceived and enticed by police.
What is Enticement of a Child in Douglas County?
The definition of Enticement of a Child, C.R.S 18-3-305, is:
A person commits the crime of enticement of a child if he or she invites or persuades, or attempts to invite or persuade, a child under the age of fifteen years to enter any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon the child.”
If the man arranged to meet the teen in his car, a motel room, or in a private place to have sex, it is likely he would face charges of Enticement of a Child. This crime is a class 4 felony charge in Denver, but it is a class 3 felony if:
- Someone has a previous conviction for enticement of a child, sexual assault on a child or for conspiracy to commit or the attempted commission of either offense; or
- If the enticement of a child results in bodily injury to the child.
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Why You Need the Best Sex Crime Defense Attorneys
When police are setting up a sting operation, they need to verify a child's age with an offender in order to have a case. However, even if the police state the child is fifteen years or older, they could still try to charge you with another criminal charge. Both Internet Luring of a Child and Enticement of a Child require that someone register as a sex offender and obey the harsh treatment rules of the Sex Offender Management Board while on probation. This is why it's crucial for you to involve a dependable criminal defense attorney for your case. The attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office have handled many sex crimes cases, and fight to win.