The Denver sex crime attorney at the firm can defend you if you’ve been arrested for internet luring of a child in Colorado. Reach out to Richard B. Huttner, P.C. today.
Internet Luring of a Child in Colorado –Get a Denver Defense Attorney on Your Side
In today’s world, there are a number of new charges that have come about thanks to the development of the internet. Most commonly, certain actions against children have been added to statutes to make them criminal offenses. One such offense is Colorado Revised Statute §18-3-306, or internet luring of a child.
Many of these charges are leveled during sting operations, where an officer or undercover individual will pretend to be a young child over the internet and agree to meet with an adult who believes they are meeting with a child under the age of 15. If the adult is intended to “lure” the child into meeting them for any reason in connection to some sexually explicit comment, it can be considered a crime.
Taking a Closer Look at Statute C.R.S. § 18-3-306
When an individual is knowingly communicating with a child or presumed child under the age of 15 and the person is more than 4 years older than them–through the internet, text messages, or any other electronic means and invites them to meet for any purpose in connection to sexually explicit comments, the offender may be convicted of internet luring of a child.
This offense is a Class 5 felony. If internet luring is committed with expressed intent to meet in order to engage in sexual exploitation of a child or sexual contact, the offense will be elevated to a Class 4 felony. Both offenses are extremely serious and result in registration as a sex offender and monitored sexual treatment.
What Prosecutors Need for a Conviction
One of the strongest defenses to internet luring of a child charges is entrapment. Since undercover sting operations are commonly used to bring offenders in, police may overstep their authority and make the initial contact with the adult, posing as a child. Whatever the case, they need certain key evidence to convict you.
This includes the following key pieces of evidence:
• Electronic methods of communication
• Child under the age of 15 & at the accused is more than 4 years older
• Intent to commit sexual acts (for Class 4 felony)–usually appearing at the arranged place to meet is strong intent
If you or a loved one is arrested for internet luring of a child, Contact the Denver sex crime defense lawyer Richard B. Huttner, P.C. immediately. He has handled many of these cases and has been successful in defending the accusation.