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Simplified Law: Enticement of a Child Charges in Denver

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

In this week's installment of Simplified Law, we're going to discuss Enticement of a Child charges in Denver, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County. Sex crimes can be confusing, and it can be difficult to sort through how a person is charged, and what they can expect. Let's take a closer look at the sex offense of Enticement of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-305.

The Lawyer's Definition of Enticement of a Child

The legal jargon:

“Aperson commits the crime of enticement of a child if he or she invites or persuades, or attempts to invite or persuade, a child under the age of fifteen years to enter any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon said child. It is not necessary to a prosecution for attempt under this subsection (1) that the child have perceived the defendant's act of enticement.”

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The Simplified Definition of Enticement of a Child

The simplified version:

“Aperson will be charged with Enticement of a Child they invite, or attempt to persuade a child under 15 years old to a secluded place with the intent to engage in sexual behavior or touching.”

Examples of Enticement of a Child Charges

Car Ride Stories

Greg's wife is running late at work. She calls him to ask if he'll do her a favor: Could he pick up their daughter Alyssa and her friend Clarissa at school for her? Greg agrees to help, and picks the two girls up at their school in Aurora. He was instructed by his wife to drop Alyssa at her gymnastics, so he drives there first and drops her off. Then, he takes Clarissa to her home in Arvada. The car ride is awkward; Clarissa seems to be a bit troubled. Greg thinks nothing of it – after all – she's 14 years old and most girls her age are moody and in need of attention. The next day, Greg receives a call from the Arvada police department – Clarissa is accusing him of wanting to drive to a secluded place in order to have a sexual encounter. He's shocked by the accusation, especially because Clarissa is so obviously troubled (the police should see through the accusation), but finds he is facing Enticement of a Child charges even though there is no evidence. The police arrest Greg, hold him for three days in Jail, require him to post a $50,000 bond, and put a Restraining Order on him which prevents him from contact with any children – even his own.

Misconstrued Planning

Carla is a single mom with an 11-year-old daughter named Emma. Carla has had a tough life – she was abused as a child by her stepfather, and her ex-husband abandoned her after physical and emotional abuse. She still deals with the repercussions of this abuse. As a result, she doesn't trust men and interprets their actions through the jaded way she sees the world. One day, Emma is playing with a friend at a park in Highlands Ranch – Josh is the same age, and they get along well and play together often. One day, Josh's dad Keith walks up to Emma, and whispers something in her ear while they are at the park. Carla is convinced his actions are sinister – after all, her stepfather did the same thing so many years ago. She asks her daughter what Keith wanted, and Emma innocently says he wanted to meet with her tomorrow to discuss a surprise birthday party for Josh. Carla is incensed and calls the police – she convinced Keith is a predator who wants to lure Emma to a remote location to assault her. Keith is contacted by the police and charged with Enticement of a Child after Carla embellishes what Emma said.

Sex Crimes Involving Children: You Need a Capable Lawyer

Enticement of a Child cases rarely have much evidence. As you can see, all it takes is for a child to make an accusation – no crime has to happen in Adams, Douglas, or El Paso County. If a child alleges that sexual touching occurred, the There is no upper limit to the amount of prison time for a conviction of this offense.defendant would be charged with Sexual Assault on a Child. Regardless of the fact there is often not much physical evidence, this crime is subject to indeterminate sentencing in Colorado. This means there would be no upper limit to the amount of time a person convicted of this offense would spend in prison. In fact, they'd never get out if they don't admit they committed the offense. Don't stand alone in court and face accusations from a child. There is too much at stake. Our acclaimed criminal defense lawyers are the best sex crimes defense attorneys for your case: Getting your case dismissed is our top priority, and we fight to win.

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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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