Internet sexual exploitation in Boulder, Colorado involves underage cybersex between young teens or children and someone 4 or more years older. Going beyond sexting or sending previously taken naked pics, this particular offense involves active exposure of intimate parts in real time. When this electronic interchange occurs between a juvenile 14 or younger and a person more than 3 years older, a felony sex crime charge can result. While video conferencing and smartphones / tablets have become a necessity, using them to invite a young person to behave sexually can be especially costly. If you or someone you know has been accused of internet sexual exploitation in Boulder, contact a child sex crimes attorney as soon as possible.
Boulder County Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child Law
Boulder County's internet sexual exploitation of a child law prohibits electronic sexual communication with underage children. CRS 18-3-405.4 defines the many elements of sexually exploiting a child over the internet. Law enforcement in Boulder, Longmont, or Broomfield will pursue charges if they believe you:
- knowingly importuned, invited, or enticed,
- someone under 15 through electronic communication,
- to expose or touch their intimate parts or those of another,
- or watch you expose or touch your intimate parts,
- AND were 4 or more years older than the child
In addition to genitalia, intimate parts include the perineum, anus, butt, pubic area, and breasts.
How Serious is Internet Sexual Exploitation in Boulder?
Internet sexual exploitation of minors is a class 4 felony throughout Boulder, Broomfield, and Westminster. While each case is different, a conviction can lead to:
- a prison sentence of 2 – 6 years,
- fines of $2K – $500K,
- strict supervision after release,
- evaluation / treatment,
- sex offender registration
Sex offender registration is required shortly after sentencing and for 10 years after the end of parole or probation in these cases. Some defendants can petition the court at that point to deregister. However, an internet sexual exploitation conviction cannot be sealed and will appear on a defendant's record permanently (unless the charge is dismissed).
Boulder Sex Crime Attorney
Sex crimes in Boulder County come with heavy consequences, especially when the alleged victim is underage. If you've been contacted by police about your online communication with a minor, exercise your right to remain silent. Next, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. Perhaps you didn't know the recipient's age, no suggestions were made regarding intimate parts, or you're being falsely accused. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for defendants throughout Colorado's 64 counties.
Talk to us about internet sexual exploitation charges – not the police. 303-830-0880
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