Mesa County Sexual Assault Defense Attorney
Last night, a juvenile boy went to meet who he thought was a teenage boy he connected with on “Kik,” a social media app used for chatting (options for individual, group, and anonymous messaging), image sharing, and more. However, when he arrived at the agreed upon location, an older man called him by name and told him to get in his car. Thankfully, the juvenile was able to activate a panic alarm on his phone, which informed Grand Junction Police with his location. Officers arrested the 47-year-old man, who had previously been convicted of multiple felony sexual offenses involving children. He now faces charges of “kidnapping, internet luring of a child, child enticement, sexual assault on a child, unlawful sexual contact” as well as additional charges for obstructing a police officer and for having his license plates covered (Denver Post).
Enticement of a Child VS Internet Luring of a Child in Denver, Colorado
Internet Luring of a Child and Enticement of a Child are similar charges in Denver and throughout Colorado. Both are serious sex offenses that can be charged when someone attempts to have sex or sexual contact with a minor. Internet Luring involves communicating on a computer or phone with someone believed to be under the age of 15, describing explicit sexual content with them, and then trying to persuade or invite the minor to a meeting (for any purpose). Enticement of a Child will be charged after someone invites a child under 15-years-old to enter a vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to sexually assault or commit unlawful sexual contact on the minor.
Penalty for Enticement of a Child in Adams County
A conviction of either or both of these crimes will mean registering as a sex offender in Adams County, rigorous sex offender treatment, and strict sex offender probation after release from prison. Enticement of a Child is a class 4 felony, punishable by 2-6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and fines as high as $500,000. If you have a previous conviction for Enticement of a Child or Sexual Assault on a Child, the crime becomes a class 3 felony, and the prison time is increased to 4-12 years. All of these crimes are also eligible for Indeterminate Sentencing, an outdated and serious sentence that can mean a lifetime in prison.
Jefferson County Lawyer for Internet Luring of a Child
If you are facing charges of Enticement of a Child, Internet Luring, Sexual Assault on a Child, or Unlawful Sexual Contact, it is imperative that you exercise your right to remain silent if contacted by police. Law enforcement officers are not your friends. They will assume you are guilty and will use anything they can to convict you. As soon as possible, contact an experienced Jefferson County defense lawyer at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.