Internet sexual exploitation of a child is a felony sex offense in Denver involving electronically encouraging a child to engage in sexual behavior. When a person suggests (via phone, text, or chat) that a young teenager touch their private parts or the private parts of another, devastating criminal charges can follow. The age difference and content discussed are large determining factors in these offenses. Contacting an experienced internet sexual exploitation lawyer is crucial for those facing accusations or charges.
Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child Laws in Colorado
CRS 18-3-405.4 describes the specific elements of internet sexual exploitation of a child throughout Colorado. You commit this offense in Denver, Lodo, or Stapleton if you:
- knowingly importune, invite, or entice,
- someone under the age of 15 (and are 4 or more years older),
- through electronic communication,
- to expose or touch their intimate parts or another's intimate parts while you communicate electronically,
- OR to observe your intimate parts
Flirty messages back-and-forth can become graphic quickly. And, when the person on the other end is under 15, risks increase dramatically. Sexting and video chatting material that fits the above criteria and age parameters is taken seriously by law enforcement in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.
Consequences of Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child Conviction
As a class 4 felony, conviction of internet sexual exploitation of a child can severely damage your future. Punishment can include:
- 2 – 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines ranging $2,000 – $500,000
Additionally, internet child exploitation requires sex offender registration in Colorado. Quite a bit of personal information and the dreaded ‘red dot' can be made available to the public, potentially isolating you from those in your neighborhood. Furthermore, a felony on your record can interfere with many background checks and loan applications.
Denver Internet Sex Crimes Attorney
An allegation of committing an internet sex crime requires immediate help from an especially skilled criminal defense attorney. The consequences of conviction can be life-altering. Don't panic. Instead, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We have decades of experience defending clients facing complex sex crime charges and our results speak for themselves.
Perhaps you weren't aware of the child's age, you didn't suggest they do anything sexual, or there was police misconduct in obtaining certain devices. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those facing accusations throughout Colorado.
So, if you or someone you has been charged with internet sexual exploitation of a child in Colorado, be smart. Contact the reputable defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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