It seems there are many stories of adults facing charges surrounding their encounters with younger individuals. I read a story recently about a former 30-year-old teacher at a Catholic high school, who was charged with rape and child sex abuse on a 15-year-old boy. Apparently, the teacher and the young boy were involved in sexual intercourse in the school classrooms between class and after school was out. They also had sex in a parked car and in the boy's home. The sex at his home was what sparked the parents' suspicion.
Felony Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault on a Child in Colorado
We know there are two sides to every story.
Felony Sexual Assault, C.R.S 18-3-402, also known as rape, is a serious sex crime in Denver, Logan and Washington County. Because the woman above was accused of providing alcohol to the boy before having sex with him, concerns were that she took away his ability to consent to having sex with her, which normally constitutes a Felony Sexual Assault. If someone, in the act of intercourse, provides alcohol or any drug or intoxicant without the victim's consent, causing their impaired judgment, it would be a class 3 felony.
Further, according to C.R.S. 18-3-402(e), since the victim was at least fifteen years of age, the woman was at least ten years older than him, and the victim was not married to the woman, it was felony sexual assault. Judging by the circumstances of this case, the woman will face an indeterminate prison sentence, as well as be required to register as a sex offender.
As you can see, these outcomes are severe, and it's important you are not navigating through this kind of a crime alone. We know there are two sides to every story, which is why it is vital that you contact one of our experienced attorneys.
In addition to a felony sexual assault charge, if this woman was the boy's teacher, in Colorado, she would face Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust, C.R.S 18-3-405.3. If he were under fifteen years old, she would also face Sexual Assault on a Child, C.R.S 18-3-405. Both charges can lead to a class 3 or a class 4 felony, and an indeterminate prison sentence.
In the woman's case, she was able to take a plea deal of fifteen years in prison instead of life in prison. While not perfect, many plea bargains can save the life of the accused.
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