According to the news, a 39-year-old pastor was accused of sexually abusing a child. Prosecutors say he knew the alleged victim and was in a position of trust with respect to her. He is currently being held in custody for a $100,000 bond. In Denver, Alamosa County and across Colorado, this man could be charged with Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, C.R.S. 18-3-405.3.
Lawyer in Adams County for Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust
Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust is charged in Adams and Douglas County whenever an actor knowingly subjects another person (not their spouse) to any sexual contact if the victim is a child less than eighteen years of age. The actor would also have to be in a position of trust with respect to the victim. The pastor is accused of sexually abusing a child when he was in a position of trust. If the child is less than 18 years old, she qualifies as a child victim for Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust molestation charges.
What Does Position of Trust Mean in Arapahoe County?
In Glendale, Arapahoe County and every other county of Colorado, a position of trust includes, but is not limited to, a parent or someone acting in the place of a parent and charged with any of a parent's rights, duties, or responsibilities concerning a child. This also includes a guardian or someone otherwise responsible for the general supervision of a child's welfare. The position of trust label also applies to a person charged with any duty or responsibility for the health, education, welfare, or supervision of a child, including foster care, child care, family care, or institutional care, either independently or through another person, no matter how brief, at the time of an unlawful act. If the pastor was charged with any responsibilities to care for the alleged victim in any way, he would be considered to be in a position of trust. Babysitters, teachers, or family friends caring for kids are some other common positions of trust in sexual assault cases across Colorado.
Call a Jefferson County Lawyer Today if You've Been Accused
Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust can be a class 3 felony or class 4 felony in Jefferson County and everywhere else in Colorado. It is also subject to indeterminate sentencing, which includes a possible lifetime Colorado Department of Corrections sentence. Because of the life-altering risks involved with an accusation or charge of Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust, you should always contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys know you have nothing to lose by coming in to meet with us for a free initial consultation.Request a Free Consultation