Articles Posted in Sex Crimes

According to denverpost.com, a former high school teacher was arrested for alleged sexual assault charges against a minor. The 34-year-old man was taken into custody by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office after a former student claimed that she was assaulted in May 2009 and is now pregnant. The suspect has no known prior history of sexual assault in Colorado, and is being held without bail.

The 16-year-old girl who made the allegation is the only student to have reported an assault of any kind so far. Needless to say, the accused teacher was dismissed by Eagle Rock School upon being taken into custody. The school, located in Estes Park, is a private school with a year-round curriculum.

Though in this case there may be evidence that has the potential to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the accused man is in fact the father of the 16-year-old girl’s baby, the circumstances under which the alleged assault took place have yet to be completely confirmed. Whether or not he is declared guilty of sexual assault charges is an issue that the Colorado court system will have to decide.
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Not many parents and teens realize it. But when a teenager uses his or phone to exchange nude pictures of themselves, it could be treated as a sex crime in Colorado and a teenager may even have to register as a sex offender. According to this news report, when it comes to the issue of sexting, technology has outpaced the provisions of Colorado criminal law.

A number of counties are slowly realizing that these teens don’t need to be sent to jail or marked as a sex offender. What they really need is counseling about the importance of self- respect – respecting their own bodies and developing a sense of self-esteem. However, some law enforcement agencies in Colorado will not hesitate to prosecute sexting as a sex crime because according to Colorado law, it falls under distribution of child pornography or sexual exploitation– very much a sex crime. Right now, sexting can fall under the sexual offender laws, which makes the penalties pretty severe for what is a consensual act among minors. In fact, it is a felony and the county prosecutors will have to treat these cases as such, whether or not they want to do that.

This news report reminds us that we as parents have an important responsibility in this digital age to closely monitor how our teens use their cell phones.
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An Aspen, Colorado, masseur is in trouble with the law after he was arrested for allegedly fondling and kissing a female customer, according to this news report. The man faces one misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact in connection with the incident. He also faces up to 18 months in jail and would have to register as a sex offender, if convicted. The judge has also issued an order forbidding the man from have any type of contact with the alleged victim.

The victim apparently told police that she went to the business for a back massage and was then taken to a table behind a screen. At some point during the massage, the victim said, she was told to lie on her back when the masseur kissed her without permission and touched her inappropriately.

Even relatively minor Colorado sex crimes can result in a requirement to register as a sex offender and complete sex offender treatment. Such a requirement mandates that you constantly update authorities about your residence and whereabouts and even require you to take polygraph tests to make sure you are compliant with your probation orders. A sex offender conviction can cause much devastation in your personal life, relationships, job, career and future.
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A Colorado Springs vending machine worker has been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate behavior at a local high school, according to a Denver Post report. The 36-year-old man turned himself in to police. He was booked on four offenses for sex crimes in Colorado including sexual exploitation of children and unlawful sexual contact.

The arrest reportedly occurred after a school resource officer was informed by a school administrator about complaints from several female students about a man who serviced vending machines in the building. The students told the assistant principal that he would ask them to “do things that were inappropriate.” The man apparently works for a vending machine company in Colorado Springs that delivers vending machine products to various high schools in the south metro area. An investigation is ongoing.
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A 39-year-old man from Colorado Springs has been arrested and charged with online child pornography, according to this news report. He was arrested after detectives apparently caught him acting inappropriately with someone he believed to be an underage girl online. Detectives say the chats between the man and the “girl” became sexual in nature. He faces three counts of internet sexual exploitation of a child and six counts of promotion of obscenity to a minor.

More and more law enforcement agencies – be it local or federal – are getting extremely aggressive when it comes to Internet child pornography and sex crime cases. The consequences of being arrested on suspicion of a sex crime can be devastating. Even if you are not eventually convicted, when you are accused of committing a sex crime, it tarnishes your reputation.
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Eric Torrez, a 47 year old who was accused of sexually assaulting a brother and sister who lived with him after being kicked out of a homeless shelter has been rearrested after another alleged victim came forward, according to a Rocky Mountain news report.

In the first accusation, Torrez was accused of assaulting the siblings after their mother sent them to live with his family. Torrez’s wife and son are accused of being complicit in the abuse and of also having sex with the girl, who said she was first abused when she was 12. Prosecutors said the victims, now in their 20s, recently reported the alleged abuse. Torrez is being held on $2 million dollars bond.
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Airman First Class Derick Ryan Thompson, of the 10th Medical Support Squadron, was accused of multiple counts of rape and sodomy while assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy Hospital and faces a court martial that begins on Monday, December 15th.

Thompson faces charges ranging from sexual assault, providing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21, using a government-owned vehicle to purchase alcoholic beverages, and failure to obey an order from a superior.

The charging documents say Thompson’s alleged victims were not cadets at the academy but two female airmen. The charges allege that Thompson raped the airmen on Dec. 22, 2007, and on Jan. 3, Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, 2008.

Air Force prosecutors allege that at various times Thompson used his rank to coerce sex from the victims and attacked at least one of the victims while she was incapacitated. When Thompson was ordered by a master sergeant to stop all contact and communications with persons assigned to the 10th Medical Support Squadron, he disobeyed the order, the prosecutors allege.

If Thompson is found guilty of all sexual assault charges and specifications, he faces a maximum punishment of a dishonorable discharge, 57 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and reduction to the lowest enlist grade of E-1.
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A Denver high school teacher has turned herself in to police after she was accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her male students. According to a KRDO-TV news report, Denver police officials started investigating Sheridan High School English teacher Melissa Snow after receiving a tip about her alleged involvement with one of her students. Officials said they found sufficient evidence during the investigation to issue a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of sexual assault by a person in position of trust. Authorities have also said that the alleged sexual assault happened in Denver.
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