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Entrapment Defense for Enticement of a Child Charges in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Aug 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you have been charged with enticement of a child, you may be able to use the entrapment defense, and prove that the police induced you commit a crime. The police are rewarded and promoted when they make arrests in Denver, Adams, and Arapahoe County. This is especially true when they arrest “dangerous” sex offenders, and remove them from society. One of the ways they do this is by entering adult chat rooms and pretending (subtly) to be under the age of 15. Men who are looking for a sexual relationship in the adult chat rooms fall into the trap and enter into a conversation with the “child” in Douglas and Jefferson County. Only a few conversations with the undercover cop, and they will be arrested for Enticement of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-305. A possible defense against the offense is Entrapment – C.R.S. 18-1-709.

What is Enticement of a Child in Denver, Aurora and Highlands Ranch?

In order to be charged with enticement of a child, you must have invited, persuaded, or attempted to persuade or invite a child under the age of 15 years old to enter any secluded place, building, room, or vehicle with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon the child. If you are convicted, you will be subject to indeterminate sentencing, which means there will be no upper limit to the amount of time you will spend in the Colorado Department of Corrections. At sentencing, a judge might give you 2 years to life, for example. Those convicted of Enticement of a Child are also required to register as a sex offender, and undergo sex offender treatment. The Sex Offender Management Board oversees this treatment, and views all sex offenders (no matter the crime) to be incurable and dangerous to society.

What is Entrapment C.R.S. 18-1-709?

If an officer, investigator, sheriff deputy or detective finds someone willing to engage with them in an adult chat room, they will try to encourage and raise all of the needed elements in order to charge them for enticement of a child. This means they will need to:

  • Suggest an invitation to meet
  • Make sure to mention that they are younger than 15
  • Hint that a sexual encounter should take place

It is a difficult, tricky process to pose as an underage girl in a chat room in order to catch possible sex offenders. Through the entire process, the police walk a fine line of Entrapment. If it can be proved that you were induced into committing an offense by a police officer that you would not otherwise have done. If a person intended all along to commit a crime, entrapment is not a valid defense. The elements of using an entrapment defense are complex – you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to analyze your specific case.

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Our criminal lawyers are experienced with charges of enticement of a child in Denver and Broomfield County. We will examine the transcript of the conversation in the chat room with the police, and analyze it against the entrapment law. Don't be a victim of the debilitating, unfair sex offender laws in Colorado. Call an experienced Enticement of a Child lawyer 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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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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