What is Internet Exploitation of a Minor?
There are several charges that may be levied against a person who connects with a minor online for sex-related purposes. A person may face an internet exploitation charge in Denver if (1) they are communicating with a child, who they know or believe, is under the age of 15 years age and the child is more than 4 years younger than that person and (2) that person attempts to persuade the child to expose or touch their intimate parts or the child observes that person’s intimate parts. Generally, these crimes happen on social media, or through texting where intimate pictures of the child, the person, or both are exchanged. Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Minor is a class 4 felony and does require registration as a sexual offender.
Internet Luring of a Child charge may be levied if an adult contacts a child through email or text, instant messaging or through a chatroom and describes sexual conduct and in connection to that description, attempts to persuade the child to meet for any purpose.[G1] For an internet luring charge to be valid, the adult must know or believe that the child is under 15 years of age and that the actor is more than 4 years older than the child. . Internet Exploitation charge is commonly referred to as a Sexting, while the Internet Luring charge requires a description of a sexual act connected to an invitation to meet.
In Denver, CO these charges are taken very seriously and can lead to severe repercussions, including lengthy prison sentences and having to register as a sex offender. A person convicted of an internet exploitation charge will by paying for it long after they have served their sentence. That person’s reputation will be ruined, and many jobs and residence locations will no longer be available to them.
These perpetrators are usually caught through sting operations where an adult law enforcement official poses as an underage victim online and acts in a friendly manner, enticing the adult to commit a sex crime.
The law office of Christopher Braddock, located in Denver, Colorado, represents clients throughout the Front Range, including Aurora, Cherry Creek, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Littleton, Parker, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Westminster, Brighton, Broomfield, Boulder, Glendale, Centennial, Denver County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Broomfield County and Boulder County, CO.
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