Child Pornography Charges – Colorado Defense Lawyer
Sexual Exploitation of a Child is a serious felony offense in Colorado, and a conviction can mean years in prison. A teacher in Moffet County has lost his job after sexting with a student, but he hasn’t lost his freedom. He was found not-guilty of the Sexual Exploitation of a Child charges that had been made against him. Although there was plenty of evidence of the explicit messages he sent to his student, the law was on his side and he will not be convicted of child pornography crime.
What is Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Adams County?
In Adams County and throughout Colorado, Sexual Exploitation of a Child, C.R.S.18-6-403, will be charged if police think you have knowing committed any of the following:
- Caused, induced, enticed, or permitted a child to engage in or be used for, any explicit sexual conduct for the making of any sexually exploitative material, or for the purpose of producing a performance.
- Played any part in the preparation, making, selling, financing, or distributing of child pornography.
- In possession of or control of any sexually exploitative material of a child.
- If you have and intend to deal in, sell, or distribute any child pornography.
In the lengthy explanation of Sexual Exploitation of a Child in Adams County, child is defined as someone under the age of 18. In the case of the teacher in Moffat County, the student he was communicating with was 15 at the time of the charges. She claimed that he had sent her an explicit video of himself and that she had sent him multiple nude photographs of herself. However, her word was the only evidence, as the photos were not found, despite law enforcement having ways to recover deleted images on phones and computers. As a result, there was no way to prosecute him for Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Sexting in Jefferson County – Age Matters
If you were charged with a crime such as Internet Luring of a Child or Enticement of a Child in Jefferson County, the law may be on your side. The teacher who was sexting with his student was doing so against his school’s policy, but not against the law. While sending a child under the age of 15 sexually explicit text messages can result in criminal charges, sexting with a 15, 16, or 17 year-old minor is not currently illegal in Colorado. However, as soon as sexually explicit photos are shared between an adult and ANYONE under the age of 18, and there is proof, the adult will be facing more than just the possibility of years in prison and high fines, but also life as a registered sex offender.
Denver Defense Attorney for Sexual Exploitation of a Child Charges
Nothing should ever be typed online, texted, sent, or said to a child that concerns sexual matters. If police have reason to believe that you have had sexual communications with a minor, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. They will use anything you say to aid in a Sexual Exploitation of a Child or Internet Luring conviction. Instead, contact an experienced Denver defense attorney as soon as possible at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.