Sting operations across Colorado in the areas of Denver, Arapahoe, or Douglas County are an important avenue which gives police many arrests a year. Police frequently set up sting operations to catch supposed “predators” in the act of committing Enticement of a Child – CRS 18-3-305, Internet Luring – CRS 18-3-306, or Sexual Exploitation of a Child – CRS 18-6-403.
Police are experienced at pretending to be children under fifteen years old in chat rooms to find a reason to charge someone with Enticement of a Child. They lure others into conversations which contain explicit sexual conduct via sting operations. Once they begin the conversation, they try to entrap the person on the other end to request to meet up with their “child.” Once that request has been made, police swoop in and make an arrest. They have the entire conversation recorded and transcripts available to present to the District Attorney. The evidence stacked up against a defendant is extensive.
Be aware of speaking online to anyone who claims to be under fifteen. Even seemingly innocent conversations may take a turn into dangerous territory if police are hungry to make an arrest from a sting operation. Engaging in a sexually explicit conversation with a child aged 14 years will result in serious felony charges. The same conversation with someone aged 15 years is safer, but still dangerous. There are a few other conditions as well, but know that police will most often say that their “child” is 14 years old or younger, to support these serious criminal Enticement of a Child charges.
To avoid Enticement of a Child charges, stay away from chat sites that tolerate sexually explicit conversations in their chat rooms. Do not speak to anyone that claims to be 14 or younger. That is a recipe for trouble and is likely a police officer serving cities in Larimer, Weld, Adams, or Arapahoe County.
If police contact your regarding an Enticement of a Child charge, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.