Unfortunately, Enticement of a Child is easily charged in Denver. In one news story I read, a man was charged with this sex crime after following children into an apartment after asking for a glass of water. An adult confronted him, likely fearing his child's protection. The adult called law enforcement.
Before entering the apartment, the man allegedly watched the children play on the playground. Later, he admitted to police that he thought about touching the kids in a sexual manner. He also allegedly fantasized about one of the juveniles. In addition to other criminal charges, in Adams and Jefferson County, this man could face charges of Enticement of a Child.
Enticement of a Child in Denver
Enticement of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-305, can be charged under different circumstances in Denver and Douglas County, and across Colorado. There are certain elements a Denver District Attorney must prove for someone to face convictions of Enticement of a Child:
1.A defendant has to invite or persuade or attempt to invite or persuade a child under 15 years of age to enter a vehicle, building, room, or secluded place
2.A defendant has to intend to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact on the child
The man in the news story persuaded the children to enter a building (an apartment) by asking for water. A District Attorney could also argue he intended to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact on them since he thought about touching them sexually. He also admitted to fantasizing about one of the juveniles.
In Denver, Enticement of a Child is a class 4 felony, but it can be charged as a class 3 felony if the defendant has a previous conviction or if the enticement of a child resulted in bodily injury to the child. It's also subject to indeterminate sentencing in Colorado.
False Claims or Misreads of Enticement of a Child: Common in Aurora
People still face charges of Enticement of a Child, even when they've had no sexual intent.
Like this man, there are people in Aurora facing these sex crime charges for being alone with children or following children into a home. Yet, they often have no sexual intent. They're just perceived by others to have sexual intent. Or, kids lie and get away with it.
Maybe an adult at a church asks a 14-year-old if she needs a ride home from youth group one night. The child knows the adult is trying to help, but feels uncomfortable. The child tells her parents he was trying to drive her to his home instead of her own home. Her parents think he had sexual intent and call the police. The adult is arrested and charged with Enticement of a Child.
Why You Need the Best Denver Enticement of a Child Defense Lawyers
Our government is tough on child sexual offenses. Police, DA's and judges will always favor the victim over the accused. Prosecutors still prosecute cases without physical evidence. Their “believe the children” mindset sends innocent people to the Arapahoe County Jail or the Department of Corrections. That's not right. You need an Enticement of a Child defense attorney early on to avoid unjust criminal convictions and to keep you out of jail.Request a Free Consultation