Sexual assault on a child by a juvenile is an offense in Colorado that involves sexual contact between minors. When your son or daughter is under the age of 18 and has any sexual contact with someone 14 or younger, they run the risk of devastating criminal charges. When there is an age gap of 4 or more years between the two youth, the older child can be accused of a sex offense, even in situations where consent occurs. Consult an experienced juvenile sex crimes attorney today if police are trying to question your teenager.
Colorado's Juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child Law
Colorado's juvenile sexual assault on a child law prohibits sexual contact between minors when certain age differences exist. CRS 18-3-405 defines these violations. Someone 17 or younger commits this juvenile sex crime if they:
- have sexual contact with another child 14 or younger,
- AND are 4 or more years older than the child
Many different sexual behaviors are unlawful when these age parameters are present, such as touching intimate parts, groping, fondling, and oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Additionally, some cases involve an older teen boy sharing pornography with a young girl and trying to act out what they see.
Penalties for Juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child
Teens adjudicated for sex crimes such as these are required to register as a sex offender in the county where they live. While this isn't viewable by the public like those on the adult registry, it still has negative ramifications. Juveniles face strict supervision, invasive treatment, and the requirement to complete safety plans for their activity outside of their home. Furthermore, some teenagers aren't permitted to live at home if there are other younger siblings present. This all adds up to an especially difficult situation for your child and your family.
Colorado Juvenile Sex Crimes Attorney
Colorado teens accused of sex crimes deserve skilled representation. In a society that is sexualized as much as ours is, it isn't uncommon for a teen's curiosity to get the best of them. Whether your son or daughter is being falsely accused or just made a poor choice, contact our office for a free initial consultation.
We have successfully represented many juvenile clients in Colorado and fight for each child's future. Keep in mind, law enforcement needs your consent to speak with your child about an alleged sex offense. Deny this permission. Then, call a strategic defense lawyer who will prioritize your family's best possible outcome.