According to the news, a 38-year-old child therapist was arrested for enticing a boy to take sexually explicit photos and videos of himself. The boy was a 16-year-old former patient, who the therapist groomed over email and text message. In Denver and Arapahoe County, the therapist could be charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Douglas County Sexual Exploitation of a Child – Asking for Inappropriate Pictures Could Lead to Charges
Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S. 18-6-403, is charged in Douglas and Jefferson County in many ways. One way it can be charged in Colorado is if a person causes, induces, entices, or permits a child to engage in, or be used for, any explicit sexual conduct for the making of any sexually exploitative material. A “child” under this statute's definition includes a person under the age of eighteen. Since the 16-year-old was under eighteen years old, he qualifies as a child.
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Definition of Explicit Sexual Conduct in Denver County
In Denver and El Paso County, the definition of explicit sexual conduct, C.R.S. 18-6-403(2)(e), includes sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, erotic nudity, masturbation, sadomasochism, or sexual excitement. If the sexually explicit photos and videos of the 16-year-old included any one of these, the child therapist could be charged for causing or enticing the boy to engage in explicit sexual conduct to make sexually exploitative material – a term we'll define next.
Definition of Sexually Exploitative Material in Adams County
In Adams and Pitkin County, the definition of sexually exploitative material, C.R.S. 18-6-403, includes any photograph, motion picture, video, recording or broadcast of moving visual images, print, negative, or slide. It also includes other mechanically, electronically, chemically, or digitally reproduced visual material that depicts a child engaged in, participating in, observing, or being used for explicit sexual conduct. Since the child therapist is accused of asking for both photographs and videos of the 16-year-old engaged in explicit sexual conduct, it would be considered sexually exploitative material if the case is proven.
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