As technology progresses, so does the amount of crime committed over the internet in Weld County, Colorado involving sex and children. Lawmakers are busy playing catch up to internet sex crimes and the ever changing methods people are using to abuse the internet or other technology. Because of this, the district attorney will often be harsh in pressing charges regarding internet sex cases that occur in Weld County cities like Greeley, Hudson, Erie, or Platteville. The specific crimes a district attorney will often charge are:
What are Internet Sex Crimes?
When investigating internet sex crimes involving children, police will confiscate property like computers, hard drives, iPads, and other electronic storage devices. They will perform sweeps on property and conduct forensic investigations to detect the presence of child pornography. If you bought a computer used or share a computer with roommates, anything that has not been wiped by special software, even if deleted or never seen by you, will be used as evidence against you in an internet sex crime if you are the owner.
Police Stings Common with Internet Sex Crimes
Many times, police in cities like Greeley, Fort Lupton, Milliken, Berthoud, or Eaton will entrap people into committing internet crimes. Police conduct elaborate sting operations where they pose as a fourteen year old child and set up an internet chat or skype calls in which they try to coerce the person on the other end to act out the elements necessary for a sex crime. They reason that they are trying to prevent those people from committing crimes in the future with “real” children. In reality, they are entrapping many into committing a crime that they would normally never commit. When they successfully trick someone to request child pornography or sent elicit pictures of themselves, that person faces serious sex crime charges. Convictions of sex crimes are the harshest, most difficult sentences to serve in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Corrections prison sentences for sex crimes are indeterminate, meaning that a release date is not set, and the sentence could be as long as life, depending on the parole board’s subjective judgment.