Encouraging a minor under the age of 15 to expose, observe, or touch intimate body parts is considered internet sexual exploitation of a child if it occurs online. Whether done using a mobile phone, tablet, or desktop, impactful charges can result against the older person involved. Prison time, hefty fines, and sex offender registration are all potential ramifications of conviction. Contact an experienced internet sexual exploitation attorney right away if you’re under investigation or have been charged.
Colorado’s Internet Sexual Exploitation Law | CRS 18-3-405.4
Colorado’s child pornography law addressing internet sexual exploitation of a child is found in CRS 18-3-405.4. You commit this sex offense in Thornton, Brighton, or Commerce City if you:
- knowingly importune, invite, or entice (using a computer / telephone / data network),
- a young person under 15 (and you are 4 or more years older),
- to expose or touch their intimate parts,
- OR observe your intimate parts
While this offense is similar to Enticement of a Child and Internet Luring of a Child in some ways, it lacks the invitation to meet in person. However, the element of age difference applies just the same. Communicating over the phone or via video chat with anyone under 15 can be risky, but when the conversation turns sexual, devastating consequences present themselves.
Consequences of Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child
A conviction of internet sexual exploitation can lead to many years of penalties in Colorado. As a class 4 felony, penalties for conviction can include:
- 2 – 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections,
- fines of up to $500,000
Additionally, this offense includes the requirement to register as a sex offender. Some of your personal information, offense details, and photograph will be made available to the public, often resulting in community isolation and paranoia as to your whereabouts and character. Being labeled as a sex offender and a felon can also lead to significant difficulties finding and keeping a legitimate job. Issues with HOAs and housing applications exist as well.
Adams County Sex Crimes Attorney
Being accused of an internet sex crime can be particularly overwhelming. However, it doesn’t mean you’re guilty. You have a right to fight the charges and protect your reputation and future. Fortunately, the attorneys at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC have many years of experience fighting internet sex crime charges. Perhaps you didn’t know the child’s age, there was no suggestion to show intimate parts, or entrapment applies. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will carefully look over your unique case and suggest next steps in your defense.
If you or someone you know is facing internet sexual exploitation charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the strategic criminal lawyers at O’Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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