Man in Loveland Charged With Sex Crimes After Running Illegal Massage Services
After a four-month investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, a man in Loveland has been arrested after trying to run an illegal massage business which advertised sexual acts as part of the services. An undercover agent contacted the man, obtaining the evidence for his arrest after he “agreed to perform illegal sexual acts on the undercover agent and a fictitious minor” (KKTV 11). While the charges of pandering and prostitution would have been serious enough, the undercover agent’s inclusion of a minor into the scenario brought other serious felony charges. According to the article, the man is also facing charges of Enticement of a Child, Attempted Sexual Assault on a Child, Internet Luring of a Child, and Conspiracy to Commit Sexual Assault on a Child.
Internet Luring of a Child Charges in Jefferson County
In Jefferson County and anywhere in Colorado, you can be charged with Internet Luring of a Child if you contact someone under the age of 15 via computer, telephone, or instant message, and in that communication you describe explicit sexual contact and then persuade or invite them to meet for any reason. It does not matter if the meeting never happened, and like the undercover agent, police officers and detectives will take advantage of this. They will pretend to be a young minor in a chat room or in the response to an ad, and do anything they can to get you to mention sexual acts and agree to a meeting. In the case of the man with the massage business, the undercover cop would have needed to pretend to be the child and discuss the acts/meeting with the man for him to be charged with Internet Luring of a Child (unless they have evidence from a separate case involving a child).
Penalty for Internet Luring of a Child in Arapahoe County
Internet Luring of a Child is class 5 felony in Colorado. If you are convicted in Arapahoe County, you will be facing anywhere from 1 – 3 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a fine between $1,000 – $100,000. If it is proven that the intent of the meeting was for the purpose of Sexual Exploitation, the crime becomes a class 4 felony, with the possibility of 2 – 6 years in prison and fines as high as $500,000. Internet Luring is also a crime that, like Enticement of a Child and Sexual Assault, is eligible for Indeterminate Sentencing. If the judge sees fit, they can give you a minimum sentence in prison but do not have to give you a maximum sentence. This can mean an extended, if not a lifetime, prison sentence.
Denver Defense Attorney for Internet Luring
If you or a loved one are facing charges of Internet Luring of a Child in Denver, our experienced criminal defense lawyers are here to help. If contacted by police, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.