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Enticement of a Child is charged in Douglas, Arapahoe, and Denver County when a person encourages a child under the age of 15 to go somewhere with them for the purpose of having sexual contact. That's what one man was convicted of years ago and was recently arrested and charged with Sexual Assault for having sexual contact with a young relative. His previous conviction of Enticement of a Child is a sex offense in Colorado and requires registration as a sex offender. Let's look at the elements involved in this crime.
Denver Enticement of a Child Lawyer: Definition of Enticement of a Child in Adams County
The Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Enticement of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-305 – is:
A person commits the crime of enticement of a child if he or she invites or persuades, or attempts to invite or persuade, a person under the age of fifteen years to enter any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon said child. It is not necessary to a prosecution for attempt under this subsection (1) that the child have perceived the defendant's act of enticement.
In breaking down the elements, the following must be met before this crime can be charged:
- An invitation or persuading statements to enter a car, building, room, or any secluded place;
- Victim must be 14 years old or younger; and
- Purpose of the invitation is to have sexual contact with the victim.
Often, the intent of the crime is the hardest part for a prosecutor to prove. Sometime communications online or over text that were sexual in nature can speak to intent, especially in a sting operation.
Sentence for Enticement in Arapahoe County
As a class 3 or 4 felony sex offense in Aurora and Arapahoe County, this crime is subject to the indeterminate sentencing guidelines, meaning the judge will set a minimum amount of time and the maximum can be up to life. The parole board will decide when a person can be released from the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.