Sexual assault can negatively impact a child’s life for decades. Many children who have been sexually assaulted feel ashamed, anxious, and distrustful of others. This is especially true when the assailant was someone the child trusted. Anyone who is accused of sexual assault on a child can face severe penalties in the state of Colorado. However, the penalties become even more serious if the accused was in a position of trust at the time the crime was committed.
What is Sexual Assault?
Many people assume that “sexual assault” means engaging in sexual intercourse, but that’s not the case. Anyone who makes any type of sexual contact with a child can be charged with this crime. Sexual contact includes touching breasts, buttocks, or genitalia for sexual gratification. You can be accused of this crime if you ask the child to touch you or if you are touching the child, even if the child is fully-clothed at the time.
What is Sexual Assault On A Child By One In A Position of Trust?
You can be charged with this crime if you knowingly engage in sexual contact with a minor while in a position of trust. The law defines someone in a position of trust as a person who is partially or totally responsible for the child’s wellbeing, education, health, or supervision. This can include parents, guardians, nannies, teachers, doctors, and other adults who were trusted to look after the child.
This crime is charged as a class 3 felony if the victim is under the age of 15 or if the abuse happened repeatedly. However, it is a class 4 felony if the victim is between the ages of 15 and 18 and it was an isolated incident.
The Consequences For Sexually Assaulting A Minor
Defendants who are charged with a class 4 felony could face up to six years behind bars in addition to up to $500,000 in fines. The penalties are even steeper for those who are convicted of a class 3 felony. These defendants face up to 12 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000. All defendants who are convicted of this crime are also required to register as a sex offender in Colorado.
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