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Super Bowl Sex Sting Operation: 20 ‘Johns’ Arrested in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Feb 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A sex sting took place over the Super Bowl.

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The Super Bowl is a magnet for prostitution and sex trafficking. This is why law enforcement agencies traditionally work together across the country and set up sex sting operations. They know they'll make many arrests across the country. This year was no different; in total, 570 ‘johns' (people trying to buy sexual favors) were arrested, as well as 23 traffickers. In the Denver area alone, 20 ‘johns' were arrested. Let's look at how these sex sting operations are run, and what to do if you are charged with Soliciting for Prostitution in Adams, Jefferson, or El Paso County.

What is Soliciting for Prostitution?

A person will be charged with Soliciting for Prostitution – C.R.S. 18-7-202, if they request a prostitute to engage in a sexual act in exchange for money or other valuables. It is also charged when a person arranges a meeting for the purpose of prostitution, or directs another person to an area when it is known they are looking for prostitution.

How Are Sex Sting Operations Run?

In Arapahoe, Douglas, and Boulder County, sex sting operations are common. And, they are really quite simple. A police officer posing as a prostitute will frequent areas where prostitution is common. When someone begins talking to them, they will try to get them to say the following:

  • That they want a sexual favor or sex performed
  • That they will pay for the ‘services' in some way

What most people don't realize is that the undercover police officer is wearing a microphone and recording device. Everything that is being said is recorded and will be used against the person soliciting the ‘prostitute.' Another common sex sting operation is to offer fake escort services. When men call to request an escort, they are in reality speaking to the police. Police officers also post fake advertisements on Craigslist and – when men respond to the ads, they are arrested for Soliciting for Prostitution.

What is the Sentence for Soliciting for Prostitution?

While this crime isn't a sex offense, it won't look good on your criminal record.

Soliciting for Prostitution is a class 3 misdemeanor in Baca, Gilpin, and Grand County. And, it isn't considered to be a sex offense – a conviction doesn't require sex offender registration or sex offender treatment. Nonetheless, a conviction won't look good on your criminal record and can have negative effects on your ability to find employment or housing. Don't plead guilty to “avoid embarrassment.” You'll suffer more embarrassment the rest of your life by not dealing with the charges against you. Contact an aggressive criminal defense lawyer to fight on your behalf and get you the best possible outcome in your case.

Caught in a Sex Sting Operation? Call a Lawyer Immediately

Don't stand alone in the courtroom – work with an aggressive lawyer who will fight on your behalf.

If you or a loved one was caught by the Super Bowl sex sting operation or any other sting operation in Colorado, it is important that you contact a skilled sex crimes lawyer for help immediately. Often, people give a statement to the police before calling us – this is never a good idea. The police don't want to help you (even though they may say they want to help). Instead, they are simply looking for evidence to use against you. Don't provide this evidence. Remain silent, and contact an attorney who will advise you of your rights and fight the charges against you.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been charged with Soliciting for Prostitution after a sex sting operation, be smart, exercise your right ot remain silent, and contact an experience criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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