Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Sex crimes involving children are very emotional crimes for law enforcement, judges, lawyers and the public, and sometimes overzealous efforts to catch child predators can result in false allegations. Serious criminal charges like sexual exploitation of a child can be devastating for the accused. We understand the serious nature of Colorado sex crime charges like exploitation of a child or child pornography, and we can help the accused protect their Constitutional rights and defend them in court.

Sexual Exploitation of a Child Laws

Under Colorado Revised Statutes Section 18-6-403, a person can be accused of sexual exploitation of a child for attempting to persuade or entice a minor who is under fifteen years of age to engage in explicit sexual conduct to make pornography, called “sexually exploitative material” under the law.These charges can also arise from possession, distribution or production of such sexually exploitative material, including digital images or video. Sexual exploitation of a child carries a Class 4 felony conviction in the state of Colorado, which can result in years in prison and high fines.

Other felony sex crimes are often associated with sexual exploitation of a child charges, including:

  • Child pornography
  • Internet luring of a child
  • Enticement of a child
  • Sexual assault of a child

Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405.4)

This form of exploitation of a child is often connected with other interne sex crimes such as internet luring or child pornography. The legal definition of internet sexual exploitation involves using the computer to invite a minor under fifteen to create sexually explicit material, including pictures or video. As an internet sex crime, sexual exploitation of a child may also lead to mandatory registry with the national sex offender database.
Any kind of criminal case involving computers and the internet can be complicated, but the Denver sex crimes defense lawyers at the law offices of Philip Smith have the resources to investigate on your behalf and create a defense using the latest technology.

Colorado or Federal Jurisdiction?

Generally, Colorado will prosecute sex crimes involving children if the accused, the alleged victim and the illegal images or video are all within the state. However, the federal courts will get involved if the internet, the US Postal Service or other types of interstate transport were used to obtain or distribute sexually explicit materials involving children.

Aggressive Colorado criminal defense attorneys have experience trying sex crime cases in both Colorado state court and the US District Court of Colorado. Our Denver sex crimes defense lawyers understand the complicated nature of both state and federal laws surrounding internet sex crimes and sex crimes involving children.