There is never a good excuse for asking a child for sex. We can all agree on that. What we can’t agree on is whether the government should be out trolling on the internet, setting up men and women for serious sexual offense charges. In over 25 years of criminal law practice, I can’t think of one case where a man or woman asked a real child under 15 to meet for sex. In every case, police engaged in Entrapment activities to build their case of Enticement of a Child, C.R.S. 18-3-305.
The Definition of Enticement of a Child
In Denver and Jefferson County, Colorado, our state defines Enticement of a Child as: inviting a child under fifteen years old to a place with the intent to commit sexual assault or sexual contact upon the child. “Place” can mean a vehicle, room, building or other place where the act of sexual contact can be accomplished. I would argue that a meeting at McDonalds cannot be seen as a qualifying location. Read about how the media creates a frenzy around Enticement Charges.
How Police Officers in Adams County Get Evidence for a Conviction
Once police contact a man or woman in an ADULT chatroom, they see this as their checklist to get the person to say: 1) an invitation, 2) to a child under fifteen, 3) for a meeting, 4) where sex is intended. Police won’t be successful if they enter chatrooms taking about car repair or skydiving. So, they “fish” in places where sex is already the topic of conversation – like an adult Yahoo chat room. Next, once they are sure everyone’s libido is in full swing, they introduce themselves and present themselves as a willing victim. They then hint around for an invitation to meet, and at some point say they are 13 years old. As a pretend child, they express an openness to sexual contact at the meeting and enthusiastically agree to meet for that purpose. To me, that is Entrapment.
Enticement of a Child is a Colorado Sexual Offense
Since this crime is a sex offense in Arapahoe and Douglas County, every effort must be made to defend yourself from this crime. Consequences include loss of contact with your children, loss of job if children are around, loss of freedom and possible imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections. The bottom line is that few cases warrant the involvement of a full time criminal defense lawyer.
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