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The State of Colorado / District Attorney’s Office will have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the following things for a person to be convicted of Sexual Assault on a Child pursuant to pursuant to Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-405:

Colorado Statutes

Title 18. CRIMINAL CODE

Article 3. Offenses Against the Person

Part 4. UNLAWFUL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

Current through Chapter 2 of the 2012 Legislative Session

§ 18-3-405. Sexual assault on a child

(1)

Any actor who knowingly subjects another not his or her spouse to any sexual contact commits sexual assault on a child if the victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four years older than the victim.

(2)

Sexual assault on a child is a class 4 felony, but it is a class 3 felony if:

(a)

The actor applies force against the victim in order to accomplish or facilitate sexual contact; or

(b)

The actor, in order to accomplish or facilitate sexual contact, threatens imminent death, serious bodily injury, extreme pain, or kidnapping against the victim or another person, and the victim believes that the actor has the present ability to execute the threat; or

(c)

The actor, in order to accomplish or facilitate sexual contact, threatens retaliation by causing in the future the death or serious bodily injury, extreme pain, or kidnapping against the victim or another person, and the victim believes that the actor will execute the threat; or

(d)

The actor commits the offense as a part of a pattern of sexual abuse as described in subsection (1) of this section. No specific date or time must be alleged for the pattern of sexual abuse; except that the acts constituting the pattern of sexual abuse, whether charged in the information or indictment or committed prior to or at any time after the offense charged in the information or indictment, shall be subject to the provisions of section 16-5-401(1)(a), C.R.S., concerning sex offenses against children. The offense charged in the information or indictment shall constitute one of the incidents of sexual contact involving a child necessary to form a pattern of sexual abuse as defined in section 18-3-401(2.5).

(3)

If a defendant is convicted of the class 3 felony of sexual assault on a child pursuant to paragraphs (a) to (d) of subsection (2) of this section, the court shall sentence the defendant in accordance with the provisions of section 18-1.3-406.

If a person is convicted of Sex Assault on a Child they are subject to indeterminate sentencing provisions on 18-1.3-1004 and can be either a class 3 Felony or class 4 Felony.  Often times, once you are charged with this crime you cannot have contact with minors, even your own children. These are very serious charges and often have very serious collateral consequences.