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Tanning Beds and a Sex Offense in Lakewood, Colorado

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

A man could be charged with a crime for spying on women in tanning beds.
What do tanning beds have to do with sex crimes? In two days, a Lakewood man will appear in court for charges of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification. According to reports, the man was taking secret videos of women while they were tanning. This crime is a sex offense, which means this man will have some fairly difficult consequences for his “peeping Tom” behavior. As I read this in the news, I realized this crime can be difficult to understand. Today, we'll look at all the elements necessary for a conviction in Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver County.

What is Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification?

Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification – C.R.S. 18-3-405.6, is a sex offense in Jefferson, El Paso, and Douglas County. A person will be charged if they:

Knowingly observe or take a photograph of another person's intimate parts without their consent for the purpose of their own sexual gratification, in a situation where the person they are photographing has a reasonable expectation of privacy.

In other words – if you take photos of someone who is naked, without their permission, when they have a good reason to expect privacy (i.e. not at a nudist colony), if the purpose is for your own sexual gratification. We'll make it even simpler:

Take photos of someone's intimate parts (i.e. naked)


Without their permission


When they have a reasonable expectation of privacy


When the purpose is for your own sexual gratification


Charges of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification

What is the Sentence for Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification?

Because the Lakewood man secretly (without their permission) took photos of the women while they were naked (intimate parts) in a tanning bed (where they had a reasonable expectation of privacy), and assumedly for his own sexual gratification, he has been charged. This crime is a class 1 misdemeanor, but it is a class 6 felony if it is a second conviction (both are extraordinary risk crimes). Either way, Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is a sex offense, which means a person convicted of it will be required to:

  • Register as a Sex Offender
  • Go through Sex Offender Treatment

Tanning Bed Spying: Why You Need a Lawyer

If you have been contacted by the police regarding a similar incident to the tanning bed peeping Tom, don't hesitate to contact an aggressive sex crimes defense lawyer. Even though a first-time conviction is only a misdemeanor, it will be on your record and if you get a second conviction, you could be looking at prison time. Take action if you have been charged – contact a lawyer who fights to win in court.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880.
Together, we can protect your future.

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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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