A Boulder County high school teacher has received a deferred judgment after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302). Indecent Exposure is a sex crime that is punished the same way as serious felony sex crimes like Sexual Assault (CRS 18-3-402) and Incest (CRS 18-6-302). Even though the law in Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Adams County differentiates between most misdemeanor and felony crimes, sex crimes are treated much more harshly.
A deferred judgment normally means that this man would have a clean record when his two year sentencing is up. However, on sex offenses, defendants can't seal their record after completing a deferred judgment. The court has also placed many restrictions on this man. This high school teacher may no longer work with children for those two years. This man must find a new job, and register as a sex offender. That status alone will make it difficult to find any employment opportunities in Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County. This man must also complete sex offender treatment much like felony sex offenders for those two years, as well as any other probation rigmaroles set up by the judge. Only after those two years are finished may he petition to be removed off the Colorado sex offender registration list. It is not guaranteed he will be granted removal, even if he completes everything the court has outlined for him.
Believe it or not, a deferred judgment in a sex crime case is considered a victory. Even though this man has lost his job, is required to register as a Sex Offender, and go through intense therapy, his case will be dismissed after he successfully completes everything. Having no conviction for a sex offense is a win for the defense.
If police contact you regarding charges of Colorado Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302), be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced sex crime defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.