Sexually exploiting a child using a smartphone, tablet, or computer is a serious internet sex crime in the state of Colorado. Encouraging a young person to sexually touch themselves or another while communicating with them electronically can result in devastating criminal charges. Whether the offense includes texting images back-and-forth or using a video chat, law enforcement is quick to charge. It is imperative that anyone facing this type of allegation exercise their right to remain silent and consult an experienced defense attorney right away.
Denver Internet Sexual Exploitation Law
Denver’s internet sexual exploitation law prohibits certain online interaction with juveniles. CRS 18-3-405.4 defines the specific violations in Denver, Cherry Creek, and Park Hill:
- “an actor commits internet sexual exploitation of a child if the actor,
- knowingly importunes, invites, or entices through communication via a computer network or system, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message,
- a person whom the actor knows or believes to be under fifteen years of age and at least four years younger than the actor,
- to expose or touch the person’s own or another person’s intimate parts while communicating with the actor via a computer network or system, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message,
- or observe the actor’s intimate parts via a computer network or system, telephone network, or data network or by a text message or instant message.”
While some of this verbiage can be confusing, this crime essentially involves encouraging / watching a kid sexually touch themselves or someone else online. It also applies in situations where a defendant touches their own intimate parts in front of a webcam or smartphone camera while a young teen watches.
Consequences of Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Colorado
There are many penalties for an online sexual exploitation conviction. As a class 4 felony, defendants face:
- 2 – 6 years in DOC,
- a minimum fine of $2K
Additionally, an internet sexual exploitation conviction requires sex offender registration. Many defendants also endure years of sex offender intensive supervised probation after incarceration and must successfully complete sex offender treatment.
Denver Sex Crime Lawyer
Internet sex crimes in Denver and throughout Colorado require experienced, strategic representation. The stakes are high in these cases and a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side is vital. Perhaps you didn’t know the age of the person you were communicating with or you didn’t encourage them electronically to do anything sexual. Nevertheless, contact our office today for a free initial consultation. We will carefully look over your unique exploitation case and recommend next steps in your defense. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for those accused of crimes throughout Colorado.
If you or someone you know is facing an internet sexual exploitation charge in Colorado, be smart. Contact the determined criminal defense attorneys at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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