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Criminal Defense Lawyer – Internet Chat Stings in Denver

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2012 | Internet Sexual Offenses |

Denver Internet Sex Offense Attorney

Internet Sexual Offenses from Internet Chat Stings in Denver, Colorado, such as Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305), Internet Luring of a Child (CRS 18-3-306), and Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (CRS 18-3-405.4), are very real crimes that everyday people are accused of. These charges usually result from police internet chat stings in Colorado, specifically the Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, and Douglas county area. Catching possible sex offenders over the internet is easy and anonymous. These are also the factors that make this crime so attractive, and why it is easy for police to manipulate the system for arrests and criminal prosecutions of internet sexual offenses.

Internet Sting Operations in Arapahoe County

Knowing how sting operations work can make someone more aware of how many people are watching them on the internet and may also stop conduct from people who do not understand how good the police are in staging stings. Police are experts at getting people to engage in sexual talk with pretend children for internet sexual offenses.

Police Pretend to be an Underage Child

A sting is set up by police to persuade would-be sex offenders into communicating with a child regarding sexual topics. The “child” is created by the police and often an elaborate scheme is built around the child to make things realistic. Police hide in different chat rooms like Yahoo chat or romance chat rooms and pretend to be young children to lure possible sex offenders. It is important that individuals pay careful attention to the age of the “child,” which police must mention, and especially how the age corresponds to their own. Anyone under fifteen is considered a child and anyone caught expressing explicit sexual interest in them could be charged with a sex crime, if the child is under fifteen, and the age of the other person involved is at least four years or more. In many instances, less than eighteen years old is a crime. Courts will not accept a defense of “I didn’t know” or “I wasn’t paying attention” when police pull out the chat logs with evidence that the child’s age was given many times. Sting operations are very low risk maneuvers for police with high reward. However, the risk to our clients is very serious.

Internet Sex Crimes – A Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

After the police succeed in arranging a meeting with their made-up child and the person on the other side of the computer, an arrest usually takes place. The person does not have to engage in any type of sexual activity with the child to be charged with Enticement of a Child or Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Since the internet creates a feeling of anonymity, people feel that they are safer hiding behind a computer screen and sometimes can be bolder than in everyday situations. Pornography also fuels many of these desires and decisions.

We have been serving people in the Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, and Douglas County area for over twenty years and know the criminal justice system well. We have valuable relationships with government employees and defense strategies that can be at your disposal with our representation. If contacted by police, exercise your right to remain silent and call us at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.