Sexual Assault on a Child is a serious crime to be charged with in Denver, Aurora, and Castle Rock. However, when the victim is considered at-risk, the sentencing becomes even more serious. A man was recently charged with Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Child by One in a Position of Trust after a non-verbal 13-year-old girl he babysat became pregnant. The man maintains his innocence and even submitted a DNA sample to try and prove the paternity of the child. While the results have not come in yet, the man is being held in custody on no bond.
Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Child Attorney in Douglas and Arapahoe County
The Colorado law definition of Crime Against At-Risk Persons as is relates to Sexual Assault on an At Risk Juvenile – C.R.S. 18-6.5-103 (7)(d)(e) – is:(7)(d) Any person who commits sexual assault on a child, as such crime is described in section 18-3-405, and the victim is an at-risk juvenile, commits a class 3 felony; except that, if the circumstances described in section 18-3-405 (2)(a), (2)(b), (2)(c), or (2)(d) are present, the person commits a class 2 felony.
(e) Any person who commits sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, as such crime is described in section 18-3-405.3, and the victim is an at-risk juvenile, commits a class 2 felony if the victim is less than fifteen years of age or a class 3 felony if the victim is fifteen years of age or older but less than eighteen years of age.
An at-risk juvenile is defined as:any person who is under the age of eighteen years and is a person with a disability.
Based on the information provided in the article, the 13 year old girl was non-verbal and functioning at a first grade intellectual level, which would meet the criteria for at-risk juvenile.
Sentence for Sexual Assault on an At-Risk Juvenile in Adams and Jefferson County
For the case above, the man would be facing the class 2 felony charge because he was in a position of trust as her babysitter, she is under the age of 15, and an at-risk juvenile. This means, if convicted, he would be facing an indeterminate sentence to the Colorado Department of Corrections.