According to the news, a 35-year-old man allegedly exchanged sexual photos with a 13-year-old and tried to entice her into having sex with him. Apparently, the two had been exchanging text messages for over a month and police later found evidence that he asked the teen to meet him. The man was also accused of contacting the girl online. Among other charges, in Denver, Washington County and every other county of Colorado, the man could be charged with Internet Luring of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-306.
Definition of Internet Luring of a Child in Douglas County, Colorado
In Highlands Ranch, Douglas County, and every other part of Colorado, Internet Luring of a Child is charged whenever an 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.”
Because the man was accused of communicating with a 13-year-old girl over text and online, and asking her to meet him for sex, he could be charged with Internet Luring of a Child. Prosecutors would also have to prove he described explicit sexual conduct with the girl in his communications with her. Explicit sexual conduct includes sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, erotic nudity, masturbation, sadomasochism, or sexual excitement.
Meeting Not Required for Internet Luring of a Child Charges in Arapahoe County, Colorado
In Arapahoe County, Jefferson County and every other county in Colorado, it will not be a defense to Internet Luring of a Child that a meeting did not occur. If you communicate with a child under fifteen years of age online or over the phone and, after describing explicit sexual conduct with them you make a statement to meet that person (for any purpose), you could face charges of Internet Luring of a Child whether the meeting occurred or not.
Adams County Internet Luring of a Child: Sentence for Internet Luring of a Child
In Brighton, Adams County and every other part of Colorado, Internet Luring of a Child is a class 5 felony. However, Internet Luring of a Child is a class 4 felony if committed with the intent to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual exploitation (C.R.S. 18-6-403) or sexual contact (C.R.S. 18-3-401). Additionally, you will be required to register as a sex offender and obey the treatment rules set by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board. Because of the high stakes involved upon a charge or conviction of Internet Luring of a Child in Colorado, you should always consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you with your case. There are many defenses available and there is still hope for your future. Act quickly and contact the top criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office to represent you in your case today.