If you are engaging in any sexual conversations online, you should always be mindful of who you are speaking with. Whether a “child” is real or a police actor, you should always quickly terminate any conversations involving an underage child. You may never know when you might be speaking with an undercover police officer online. According to one recent news story, a 42-year-old man who worked part-time at a church with youth, is facing accusations of a sexual offense. An undercover investigation revealed the man was attempting to meet a 13-year-old boy for a sexual encounter. Apparently, an undercover officer was posing as the 13-year-old boy after responding to a Craigslist ad that the man posted for oral sex with a young man. In Denver and Arapahoe County, the man could face charges of Internet Luring of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-306.
Internet Luring of a Child in Jefferson and Douglas County | When Do Internet Luring of a Child Charges Occur?
In Jefferson and Douglas County, Internet Luring of a Child charges can occur whenever someone communicates with a person they know or believe is under fifteen years old over the computer or phone, while describing explicit sexual conduct with them. They would also have to make a statement persuading or inviting them to meet them for any purpose, as well as be more than four years older than the person or than the age the actor believes the person to be. If the 42-year-old man asked to meet with the pretend 13-year-old boy for the purposes of engaging in sexual conduct, and if he described explicit sexual conduct with him, he could risk facing Internet Luring of a Child charges. In Internet Luring of a Child cases, people can still face charges even if a meeting did not occur. Internet Luring of a Child in Colorado is either a class 5 felony or class 4 felony, depending on what the intent behind the meeting was. This could include engaging in sexual exploitation or sexual contact.
Adams County Internet Luring of a Child | What to Do if Contacted by Police
If contacted by police regarding Internet Luring of a Child charges in Adams County, the best thing to do is to remain silent. Sometimes, men and women think being honest with police is the best policy because they know they don't have anything to hide. However, police know the law and will try to get you to admit to certain elements of the law to use as evidence against you. Police are trained in how to interrogate those accused of a crime and how to get information from people. For this reason, you need to exercise your right to remain silent when confronted by police. You cannot afford to have any conversation with police if facing accusations of Internet Luring of a Child. Always remain silent and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office to defend you immediately.Request a Free Consultation