According to the news, a Jefferson County physical education teacher and assistant football coach was arrested after a suspected sexual assault. Apparently, a 17-year-old female got into an argument with her mom, and ran away from home. The mother thought her daughter had run away to a family-owned cabin, which is where the female was later found with the teacher. Investigators found multiple open containers of alcohol in the cabin. In addition to other possible charges, the teacher is being accused of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust.
Sexual Assault on a Child – Position of Trust in Adams County
In Adams County, Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, C.R.S. 18-3-405.3, charges occur whenever an actor subjects a child less than eighteen years of age to sexual contact. The actor committing the offense would have to be one in a position of trust with respect to the victim. If the physical education teacher subjected the 17-year-old to any sexual contact, it would qualify as sexual assault. And, because he is a teacher, the “position of trust” label would be added.
Position of Trust in Douglas County | What is the Definition of Position of Trust?
In Douglas County, a person in a position of trust includes a person who is a parent or acting in the place of a parent and is charged with a parent's rights, duties or responsibilities concerning a child, or any other person concerned with a child's welfare, no matter how brief, at the time of an unlawful act. Men and women in positions of trust often include teachers, babysitters, pastors, or stepparents. Ultimately, this is a factual finding done by the jury at a jury trial on the sexual assault charges.
Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust in Arapahoe County is a Felony
Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust is a class 3 felony or class 4 felony in Arapahoe County, Colorado. If a child is under the age of fifteen or the offense is committed as part of a pattern of sexual abuse, Sexual Assault on a Child – Position of Trust is a class 3 felony. If the child is at least fifteen years of age but less than eighteen years of age and the offense is not committed as part of a pattern of sexual abuse, Sexual Assault on a Child – Position of Trust becomes a class 4 felony. Sexual Assault on a Child – Position of Trust is also subject to indeterminate sentencing, as well as sex offender registration and treatment. If you or someone you love is facing charges of Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust in Colorado, act quickly and call a criminal defense lawyer from Sawyer Legal Group immediately. Your future is too valuable to fight any charges alone.