Earlier this year, eight men in Arapahoe County were arrested for Patronizing a Prostituted Child – C.R.S. 18-7-406 and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor – C.R.S. 18-6-701. According to 9News Denver, the men responded to an online advertisement. The Arapahoe County District Attorney says that earlier that year, the men had paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl. They face serious consequences, and could spend the rest of their life in prison.
What are the Consequences of Patronizing a Prostituted Child in Denver?
You will be charged with patronizing a prostituted child in Denver, Adams, or Douglas County if you:
- Engage in a sexual act “in exchange for money or other thing of value” with a child under the age of 18.
- Enter or remain in a place of prostitution “with intent to engage in an act which is prostitution of a child.”
Patronizing a Prostituted Child is a class 3 felony in Broomfield, Larimer and Jefferson County. However, this sex offense is subject to Colorado's indeterminate sentencing. This means that the men will be sentenced for an indeterminate time, such as 4 years to life in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
What are the Consequences of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Denver?
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is charged when a person: “Induces, aids, or encourages a child to violate any federal or state law.” Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a class 4 felony; the sentence is 2-6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
These men did not know that the girl they met was only seventeen years old, but under Colorado law, this doesn't matter. Patronizing a Prostitute – C.R.S. 18-7-205 is a class 1 misdemeanor – a conviction results in a maximum of 18 months in county jail. Because these eight men failed to realize the girl was only 17, they now face up to a life sentence. If you have been arrested for patronizing a child prostitute, it is vital that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf.Request a Free Consultation