What is Enticement of a Child?
Enticement of a Child is a sex offense in Denver, Adams and Arapahoe County. A person will be charged if they:
- Invite, or persuade (or attempt to invite or persuade) a child under the age of fifteen years old to go into any building, vehicle or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or have unlawful sexual contact with the child.
It is important to note that the Enticement statute says that a person must have the “intent to commit sexual assault” when they invite a child into a car or building. In order to be convicted of this sex offense, the prosecution in Larimer, Jefferson and Arapahoe County must prove that the defendant had the intent to commit sexual assault or other sexual acts.
What is the Sentence for Enticement of a Child?
Enticement of a Child is a class 4 felony (unless the person has a previous conviction of this same offense, sexual assault, or conspiracy to commit either one of these crimes, or if the enticement results in bodily injury to the child). If convicted, a person could face up to six years imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), sex offender registration, and sex offender treatment (view a complete list of sex offenses which require registration).
Social Stigma for Offenses Involving Children is Strong
The media reported that police were investigating child enticement cases in Broomfield. Let us stop and think: Do we know that these men were luring the girls with the intent to commit sexual assault? No. While we can surmise that this may be the case, we are jumping to conclusions and naming a specific sex offense with serious consequences. We need to understand that the media isn't looking out for the people – they are looking for stories which will boost their rankings and create hype and hysteria. Sadly, they want rankings, not the truth.Request a Free Consultation