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Enticement of a Child Charges Stem from Adult Chat Rooms

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Men need to be extremely cautious if they frequent adult chat rooms. One conversation could land you in prison for the rest of your life. Often, Denver, Littleton and Aurora police pose as underage girls and manipulate conversations in order to entrap and charge you with Enticement of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-305 or Internet Luring – C.R.S. 18-3-306 of a Child in Denver, Adams, or Douglas County. If you are convicted of either of these sex offenses, you will be required to register as a sex offender, go through sex offender treatment, and in some cases, be subject to indeterminate sentencing.

The Dangers of Internet Chat Rooms

Police, detectives, and investigators often pose as underage girls in adult chat rooms. When men, who are looking for sexual relationships, begin conversing with these undercover cops in Adams or Arapahoe County, they may not even be aware that the girl is “underage.” As the conversation progresses, the police must accomplish four different elements in order to charge you with Enticement of a Child. They will try to make you:

  1. Invite, persuade, or attempt to invite or persuade
  2. A child under the age of fifteen years old,
  3. To enter any building, secluded place, room or vehicle
  4. With the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon the child you are communicating with.

The police will not mention sexual activity first. They will try to get you to initiate the conversation. Otherwise, they could be charged with entrapment. This is when law enforcement agencies induce a person to commit a crime they would not otherwise have committed. Therefore, it is wise to be extremely aware in chat rooms – the person may sound like they are an adult in every way, but if they mention they are underage, leave the chat room immediately, and do not continue conversation. A conviction of Enticement of a Child could potentially ruin your life. It is subject to indeterminate sentencing, which means there is no upper limit to the amount of time you spend in prison. Your sentence could be 2 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections. You will also be required to register as a sex offender, and contact with your kids, or lose your job.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or someone you love has been charged with Enticement of a Child in Denver, Arvada, or Highlands Ranch, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Or, submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.            

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About the Author

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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