What is Sexual Assault on a Child?
Sexual Assault on a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-405, is a serious sex crime in Colorado. It is charged whenever a person has any sexual contact with a child under the age of 15. In order to fully understand this offense, we must look closer at the definition of “sexual contact,” which occurs whenever a person knowingly touches a person's intimate parts (or the clothing covering the intimate parts, i.e. the butt, breasts, etc.) if the contact is for the purpose of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse.
What is the Sentence for Sexual Assault on a Child?
This sex offense is subject to indeterminate sentencing in Denver, El Paso, and Boulder County. This means that the person convicted of Sexual Assault on a Child can be sentenced to the Colorado Department of Corrections for an undetermined amount of time. For example, let's say a person is convicted of a class 4 felony Sexual Assault on a Child. They would be sentenced for 2 years to life. Their release would be dependent on the Colorado Parole Board, and completion of sex offender treatment.
– Sex Offender Treatment Issues
Sex offender treatment is harsh. It is overseen by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), and is one-size-fits-all. The problem with completing SOMB treatment is there is a lack of treatment providers. A person could sit in prison waiting to start treatment for many years. DOC would rather spend $35,000 per year to house an inmate, rather than $5,000 to treat them. Completion of SOMB treatment is mandatory for release, however. Because of this vicious cycle, many men and women are sitting in prison unnecessarily.
Why You Need an Attorney for Sexual Assault on a Child Charges
If you have been accused of Sexual Assault on a Child, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The police, District Attorney, judges, and society don't give much grace to people who have been charged with sex crimes against children. You will be seen as guilty before you even go to trial. You desperately need an attorney to be your advocate in the courtroom. You need someone to tell your side of the story and fight for your future.Request a Free Consultation