Internet Luring of a Child is charged when an adult electronically communicates with a child, and that communication includes sexually explicit content with an invitation to meet. A P.E. teacher was recently charged with this crime for explicit sexting with a 14-year-old girl. According to the report, the texts explicitly described the man performing sex acts on the teen. These texts were found by the girl's mother and reported to police. The girl maintains that the two never had physical sexual contact. Based on the information provided, the teacher would be facing the Internet Luring of a Child sex offense charge if this had occurred in Denver, Aurora, or Castle Rock.
Douglas County Internet Luring of a Child Lawyer: Definition of Internet Luring of a Child / Explicit Sexting in Arapahoe County
The Douglas and Arapahoe County, Colorado law definition of Internet Luring of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-306 – is:An actor commits internet luring of a child if the actor knowingly communicates over a computer or computer network, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message to a person who the actor knows or believes to be under fifteen years of age and, in that communication or in any subsequent communication by computer, computer network, telephone network, data network, text message, or instant message, describes explicit sexual conduct as defined in section 18-6-403 (2)(e), and, in connection with that description, makes a statement persuading or inviting the person to meet the actor for any purpose, and the actor is more than four years older than the person or than the age the actor believes the person to be.
Though it wasn't specifically stated, based on the fact that the teacher was charged with this crime, there must have been some sort of invitation or plan to meet in person. The meeting does not have to occur; an invitation or suggestion is enough to meet the criteria of the statute.
Sentence for Internet Luring of a Child in Jefferson and Adams County
Internet Luring of a Child is a class 5 or class 4 felony in Adams and Jefferson County. It is a class 5 felony unless the intent of the meeting is for sexual exploitation or sexual contact – then it is the class 4 felony sex offense.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Internet Luring of a Child, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best criminal defense attorneys from the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880 today. Together, we can protect your future.
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