Larimer County officials report that there are more registered sex offenders living in Loveland, Colorado, than there were four years ago and they are trying to figure out why. Police noted a rise in population, which was 62,000 in 2008 and grew to 67,000 in 2012, but that is only an 8% increase. The number of registered sex offenders in Loveland grew from 130 in 2008 to 170 in 2012, which is a 30% jump. Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County are all growing as Colorado's population continues to rise. Unfortunately the number of registered sex offenders is growing much faster.
The Loveland Police Department believes that the shame and embarrassment of reporting sexual offenses like Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust (CRS 18-3-405.3), Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404), or Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (CRS 18-3-405.4), is decreasing. They say that more reports are being filed because people are not as afraid of reporting these sex offenders as they were before in cities across Colorado like Englewood, Broomfield, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch.
Police Departments in Larimer County are also paying more attention to sex crimes in Fort Collins and Loveland. They are keeping a closer watch on people registered with the Colorado Sex Offender Registry and pay more attention to all of their activities. This extra concentration assures that police officers are aware of many more details in a registered sex offender's life than they normally would be.
The rise in the number of sex offenders in Colorado is no accident. District Attorneys and prosecutors are working harder than ever to accuse more people of a sex crime or offense. If contacted by police about a sex crime charge, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.