Imagine that you are just eight years of age. You are out playing soccer with a couple of kids and your school soccer coach. After a while, your teammates all run inside to get something to drink, and you begin to follow them when your coach tells you to stay behind. When he notices that all of your friends are gone, you notice something strange is starting to happen as he approaches you, but you don't understand it at the time, nor do you tell anyone about it. Seven years later, that man is accused of Sexual Assault on a Child. You are a teenager at this point, and understand much better about the situation that happened when you were young. How does that make you feel? While this is just a fictional case, not too long ago in the news, there was a story of Sexual Assault on a Child in Jefferson County. The man involved in the case was a principal, who is now facing charges of Aggravated Incest and Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust. The assaults happened nearly ten years ago, and it is still under investigation whether or not any other kids from the school he worked at might be victims. Though we do not know the details of this particular case, we know that over half of people arrested or accused of this crime are innocent.
What You Should Know About Sexual Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust in Douglas County
Sadly, these instances can occur anywhere, and it can be very alarming and hard for parents to hear about, especially when trusting that their kids are safe at school, and under the care of people who are not them. If you are a parent, it is important that you are comfortable with where you are sending your kids, and that you know what it means to be charged with Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust.
Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust in Denver is committed when:
“Someone in a position of trust has any sexual contact with a child who is less than eighteen years of age and the person committing the offense is someone in a position of trust with respect to the victim (C.R.S. 18-3-405.3).”
If the principal in fact did have sexual contact with a child, it would be a Class 3 Felony if the victim was under fifteen years of age. If you are someone who works around children, such as an elementary school teacher, a coach for a youth soccer league, a mentor to a high school student, or perhaps even a youth pastor, sometimes your relationships with children or students can become intimate, simply because your job is to care for them. This may unintentionally lead to an undesirable situation. And, unfortunately, a Sexual Assault on a Child by a Person in a Position of Trust charge can be given without any physical evidence. Most of our cases with this charge have no physical evidence. Also, it can be hard for you to navigate through a charge such as this if a child accuses you and you don't know how the legal system works.
Why You Need an Experienced Denver Defense Attorney
It's certainly not easy dealing with this kind of a charge on your own. Sexual assault on a child is serious, and requires the best defense attorneys to examine the evidence in order to find the truth. In addition, in some cases, it is even possible for us to arrange a plea deal where you can plea to a lesser offense in order to avoid an indeterminate sentence. Rest assured, we only do this when the evidence against you is strong.Request a Free Consultation