Recently, Fort Collins police conducted an undercover police sting operation. They posed as prostitutes putting up ads in the escort sections of sites such as Backpage and Craigslist. Any time people responded to the ads, police then made arrangements to meet at a local hotel. When men showed up at the hotel, they expected to pay the prostitutes to engage in different sexual acts. However, when they showed up, all they found was an empty room and police waiting outside to arrest them. Five men were arrested for Soliciting for Prostitution. In Colorado, police sting operations are common, and police are getting gold stars for their arrests. If you've been charged with Soliciting for Prostitution anywhere in Colorado, contact a sex crimes defense attorney today.
What is Soliciting for Prostitution in Adams County?
Soliciting for Prostitution, C.R.S. 18-7-202, is charged in Adams and Douglas County whenever someone:
- Solicits another for the purpose of prostitution; or
- Arranges or offers to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution; or
- Directs another to a place knowing such direction is for the purpose of prostitution.
Because the five men allegedly arranged or offered to arrange a meeting to pay prostitutes for sexual acts, they could be charged with Soliciting for Prostitution. Soliciting for Prostitution is a class 3 misdemeanor in Colorado, which means those convicted of this charge could spend up to 6 months in the Adams County Jail, in addition to facing any fine the court may impose.[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”70%”]A police sting is dangerous. If you've been arrested during an undercover police sting, contact our office immediately.[/pullquote]
What is a Police Sting? Police Stage Various Undercover Stings in Jefferson County
An undercover police sting can leave innocent people falsely accused, arrested or charged.
In Jefferson and Arapahoe County, and across Colorado, undercover police stings happen often. A Craigslist / internet police sting is just one kind of police sting where police pretend to be prostitutes offering their services. Police also pose as prostitutes in different areas across Denver or Aurora where prostitutes are known to work, such as Colfax Avenue. The problem with these undercover sting operations is that innocent people end up with criminal charges. For example, let's say two female police officers pretend to be prostitutes online. They advertise their services to have sex for money. One man responds to their ad and agrees to pay the women to have sex with him. The man arranges a meeting at one of the women's homes. The man responding to the ad tells his friend about the meeting, but fails to mention to his friend they would have to pay the women for sex. When the two men arrive at the “home”, they're arrested immediately. They're charged with Soliciting for Prostitution, even though one of the men didn't know he would be paying the women to have sex with him. There are many undercover police stings where people are accused, arrested and charged without criminal intent. That's why a criminal defense attorney is so vital. If you've been arrested or charged with Soliciting for Prostitution after any undercover police sting operation in Colorado, contact our office today.Request a Free Consultation