In Denver, Aurora and Littleton, Colorado, there are a wide number of sex crimes and each one is different. Despite the number of sexual offenses, defendants convicted of a sexual offense all have to face sex offender registration and the same exact treatment. I don't see the logic behind Colorado's sex crime laws. Let's continue reading to see what I mean.
Sex Crime Laws: Unlawful Sexual Contact in Colorado
In one news story I read this afternoon, a Breckenridge massage therapist was accused of sexually assaulting his female client. The therapist allegedly touched the woman inappropriately. The female client then reported his actions to police, which led to charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact. In Summit and Arapahoe County and across Colorado, the massage therapist would face charges of Unlawful Sexual Contact for subjecting a victim to sexual contact, without the victim's consent (C.R.S. 18-3-404(1)(a)). Sexual contact includes the knowing “touching of the victim's intimate parts by the actor” (C.R.S. 18-3-401(4)).
All Sex Crimes in Denver Are Different, So Why Are They Often Treated the Same?
“One-size-fits-all” mindsets don't seem logical when it comes to handling sex crime cases.
While I don't condone this man's behavior, I do think it's tough that the consequences this man could face are similar to what they would be if he was convicted of a harsher sex crime, like Sexual Assault on a Client by a Psychotherapist. Unlawful Sexual Contact is normally charged as a class 1 misdemeanor in Denver and Jefferson County, but, it requires sex offender registration and sex offender treatment. Whether the therapist was having sex with the woman or touching her inappropriately, he would have to register as a sex offender and go through harsh sex offender treatment.
I don't see the fairness behind applying the sex offender label to individuals convicted of certain sexual offenses, when some offenses are more serious than others. I also don't see how one system to treat people convicted of a sex crime is just. Not only is every individual different, but every sex crime is different. Every defendant has different areas of weakness and internal hurt that cannot be cured by a “one-size-fits-all” treatment program and sex offender label. I think it's time our sex crime laws are reevaluated.
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When it comes down to it, the question really is: when will Colorado's sex crime laws be more just? Too many people are losing hope because of the way our sex crime laws are enforced. While District Attorneys, victims, or police in criminal cases may believe sex offenders cannot be cured, our sex crimes defense attorneys know differently. We know sometimes victims lie, police twist evidence and prosecutors overcharge. That's why we evaluate our sex crime cases inside and out and fight to give you the hope you're looking for. We work hard to uncover evidence that will prove your innocence and fight aggressively against exaggerated sex crime charges.Request a Free Consultation