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False Unlawful Sexual Contact Allegations Against Deputy Sheriff

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learn more about Unlawful Sexual Contact allegations against a deputy sheriff.
A deputy sheriff in Colorado lost his job following false unlawful sexual contact allegations. According to reports, the deputy sheriff was called as backup after the woman was pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence. The woman alleged that the deputy touched her inappropriately during a pat-down. Following an investigation, the woman admitted that she has a mental illness, and occasionally makes up stories that never happened. The consequences of a false allegation in Denver, Arapahoe or Douglas County of Unlawful Sexual Contact  C.R.S. 18-3-404 or Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402 can be devastating. The woman's allegations resulted in the firing of the deputy sheriff.

What is Unlawful Sexual Contact in Denver, Douglas and Jefferson County?

Unlawful sexual contact is charged in Eagle, Broomfield and Adams County when a person touches another person in a sexual way (if a person takes a photograph, video, or any other visual material of another person in a state of undress without their knowledge or consent, they will be charged with Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification – C.R.S. 18-3-405.6). It is a class 1 misdemeanor, but it is an extraordinary risk crime, which means that an additional 6 months of jail time can be added to your sentence. If you committed the act of unlawful sexual contact with the use of force, intimidation, or threats, then you will be charged with a class 4 felony, and could spend up to 8 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Registration as a Sex Offender for Unlawful Sexual Contact Convictions

If you are convicted of unlawful sexual contact in Littleton, Aurora or Highlands Ranch, you will be required to register as a sex offender. This means you will have to report to the local law enforcement agency, where they will list your name, address, and car registration, email address and much more information. You will be required to reregister every year until the time arrives when you can discontinue registration (five years after your probation period ends). After that time, you must petition the court to deregister in order to stop, or you will be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – C.R.S. 18-3-412.5: You could go back to jail.

Sex Offender Treatment for Unlawful Sexual Contact Convictions

You will also be required to go through a sex offender treatment program. This is overseen by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), who believes that all sex offenders (regardless of the severity of the offense) are dangerous and “cannot be cured.” You will undergo the same treatment as a serial rapist or pedophile. This one-size-fits-all treatment is ineffective and fails to take into account the different levels of offenses (click here to see SOMB guidelines).

False Unlawful Sexual Contact Allegations Could Have Ruined Deputy Sheriff's Life

The false unlawful sexual contact allegations caused a man to lose his job. If he had been convicted, however, he would have faced even more serious consequences such as jail time, registering as a sex offender, and sex offender treatment. This woman could have ruined his life even more than she did.

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If you or a loved one has been accused of unlawful sexual contact in Denver, Larimer, or Weld County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and 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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