Today's society is extremely sexualized. This obsession with sex especially affects our children and teenagers. Young people have always been curious about sexual contact, but with the media, music, and television's focus on sexuality, children are experimenting sexually at even younger ages than ever before – some as young as middle school. Thus, the cases of children being charged with juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child and other juvenile crimes are becoming more and more common. Whether kids experiment as a result of curiosity, because they were the victim of a sex act, mental health issues, or their home life, sex crime cases involving kids are happening more often in Arapahoe, Denver, and Jefferson County. Often, children don't even know they are doing anything inappropriate until they are charged with a crime. Early involvement with an understanding, experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial to avoid registration as a sex offender, which is extremely limiting as a child. Protect your child's future by contacting one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys immediately.
Young people have always been curious about sexual contact – but the media's focus on sex has increased this interest in younger ages than ever before.
What is Juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child?
For an underage person to be charged with Sexual Assault on a Child, they must have had contact with another child under the age of 15, who is at least 4 years younger than him. Sexual contact could include but is not limited to the following: oral, anal, or vaginal sex, grabbing someone in a sexual way, date rape, gang rape, fondling a child over his or her clothes, sharing pornography with a younger individual and acting out those actions.
- Oral, Anal, or Vaginal Sex
- Sexual Contact and Touching
- Date Rape or Gang Rape
- Fondling Over Clothes
- Sharing and Acting out Pornography
The Definitions of ‘Sexual Contact' and ‘Intimate Parts'
It is important to understand the definition of ‘sexual contact' when it comes to cases of Sexual Assault on a Child. According to Colorado statute 18-3-401, it is defined as:
“..the knowing touching of the victim's intimate parts by the actor, or of the actor's intimate parts by the victim, or the knowing touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the victim's or actor's intimate parts if that sexual contact is for the purposes of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.”
“…the external genitalia or the perineum or the anus or the buttocks or the pubes or the breast of any person.”
As you can see, both of these definitions are extremely vague. Simply put, a child could be charged with juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child if they knowingly touched another child's clothed butt or breast (this includes boy's chests as well).
Protect your child's future by hiring an aggressive juvenile criminal defense lawyer.
Consequences of Adjudication: Registration as a Sex Offender
If a child is adjudicated for juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child, they will be required to register as a juvenile sex offender in Douglas, Denver, or El Paso County. Being a registered sex offender can change the course of a person's life and that of their family as well. Life is difficult for sex offenders, juveniles and adults alike. If found guilty by a court of law, a child adjudicated for a sex offense will be required to register as a sex offender. While juvenile sex offenders aren't listed publicly on the registry, there are other consequences, such as:
- Inability to Live at Home (if other children are present)
- Supervision Outside of the Home
- Submission to a Sex Offender Treatment Plan
- Safety Plans and Supervision While at School
Sex offender treatment is overseen by the strict standards of the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). This treatment is standardized, and doesn't take into account the needs of your child or their alleged victim. We believe treatment and supervision goes too far – often doing more harm than the original offense caused.
Whether your child was falsely accused or made a mistake, hiring a lawyer will ensure they get the best possible outcome in their case.
Why Your Son or Daughter Needs a Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
The criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer are skilled at representing juvenile clients. Whether your son or daughter was falsely accused of a sex crime, made a mistake out of curiosity, or simply made a bad choice, you need to protect their future. Teens are vulnerable, and don't always make the best decisions, experimenting with sexting, pornography, Sexual Exploitation, and Sexual Assault. Don't let their naiveté have a negative impact on their future. Don't let your child be adjudicated for juvenile Sexual Assault on a Child – it will be an event that has a negative impact on their opportunities in the future. Contact an aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your child's future – here at O'Malley and Sawyer, we fight to win.