An NBA player is being investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office of Internet Crimes Against Children, a police unit that deals mainly with cases involving Internet Luring of a Child (CRS 18-3-306), Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (CRS 18-3-405.4), and Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305). The authorities are stating that they had a reasonable cause to go to the player's Larkspur home and seize property that they believe may connect him to certain sex crimes against minors.
The investigation into the basketball player could take several weeks. What police usually do in Douglas, Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams, Larimer, and Weld County is take make two copies of all the data pulled from computers, cell phones, cameras, and other electronic equipment. One copy is filed away and the other is analyzed using special forensic software that can pull up images that have been deleted. In the meantime, he is excused from any games with the team, which means he gets to watch the playoffs from the bench indefinitely.
The Douglas county police spokesperson, who works with police in Denver, Littleton, Aurora, Arvada, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, and across the Front Range, said that using a shared computer brings problems. It is hard to prove which person using the computer was accessing the illicit material. District Attorneys working in these cities investigating a person for internet crimes against children have a special challenge identifying a unique user to charge.
Another component of Child Pornography cases (Sexual Exploitation of a Child, CRS 18-6-403), is law enforcement's efforts to identify other users who access child pornography. Officers will try and identify persons who the defendant received images from or gave images to. Most transfers of computer images will leave electronic data on hard drives which will assist police. This brings about many arrests because they are able to find many different networks that involve child pornography or juvenile crimes over the internet from one person.
If the police have come into your home and taken your computer in order to prove you may be involved with an internet sex crime like child pornography, be smart. Exercise your right to remain silent and call the experienced defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.