When you find something someone has lost, you don't often think you'd be turning it into police. That was the case for two passersby, who were in for a surprise when they found a lost cell phone lying on the ground. While trying to look for the cell phone's owner by opening an app on the phone, instead they found nude images of children on the cell phone. Apparently, the cell phone's owner was a homeless man. When the passersby gave the cell phone to police, the police found nearly 1,800 downloaded images of children engaged in sexual acts. In Denver and Douglas County, and across Colorado, the homeless man would face charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Adams County and Across Colorado
Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403, is charged in many ways in Adams and Jefferson County. One way it can be charged is when a person “causes, induces, entices, or permits a child to engage in, or be used for, any explicit sexual conduct for the making of any sexually exploitative material” (C.R.S. 18-6-403(3)(a)). If the homeless man was responsible for getting the children to engage in sexual acts, he would face extensive charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Sexual Exploitation of a Child can also be charged if a defendant possesses any sexually exploitative material for any purpose, C.R.S. 18-6-403(3)(b.5). This part of the statute would apply to the nude images of children the man had on his cell phone. Sexually explicit images are considered sexually exploitative material, C.R.S. 18-6-403(2)(j).
Sexual Exploitation of a Child From a Cell Phone / The Internet: Not Hard to Be Accused in Denver
Computers and cell phones aren't as private as you may think.
As unlucky as this situation was for the homeless man, it's not difficult for other people (and especially police) to find out if you're possessing explicit content involving children. With smart phones and easy internet access, more people can access / share nude child images in no time at all. And, we are not anonymous on the internet. Denver police understand this and heavily target those suspected of possessing child pornography. Computers and phones aren't as private as you may think.
Why You Need the Best Denver Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Sexual Exploitation of a Child charges can range from a class 5 felony to a class 3 felony in Denver and Arapahoe County, Colorado. Sexual Exploitation of a Child is also a sexual offense, requiring sex offender registration and Sex Offender Management Board treatment. Because it's so easy to be accused of or charged with this sex crime in Colorado, it's vital you involve an experienced sex crimes lawyer early on in your case. A knowledgeable attorney will evaluate your case, make sure all evidence supports the charges you're facing, and mount a strategic defense for you.Request a Free Consultation