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Can a child’s lie about their age online cause you problems? 

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2022 | Sex Crimes |

You never know who you’re going to meet online. While many personas of people can seem realistic, they may prove to be deceiving. Some people lie about who they are, what they do and where they’re from all the time – social media makes it easier for people to present themselves as someone else. 

Many kids realize that when a website asks for their age, there’s no proof needed to verify if it’s the truth. While this may give some kids access to a game they’re too young for, others may use it to present themselves as older on social media sites. 

Could a minor’s lie about their age cause you legal ramifications? Here’s what you should know:

Online soliciting in Colorado

Colorado has specific laws, such as criminal code 18-3-306, which states that no one can knowingly coerce a child to meet up for sexually explicit acts. 

You could be prosecuted for:

  • Communicating over text, phone, social media or private messaging with a minor under 15  (or anyone you belive is under 15 years of age) in a sexual way
  • While being four years older than the child you’re speaking with (or four years older than you believe them to be)
  • Talking about sexual acts or distributing sexual content to a child
  • Inviting the child to act out sexual acts, send sexually explicit photography or engage in inappropriate touching

Persuading a child to meet in person is considered a class 5 felony, which could result in 1-3 years of incarceration and heavy fines. Alternatively, luring a child to meet in person for sexually explicit acts may result in a class 4 felony and result in 2-6 years of prison, fines and parole plus registration as a sex offender on the Colorado registry. 

If a child lies about their age and you plan to meet up with them believing that they’re 18 years of age or older only to find they’re underage, then there might be a defense that you were deceived. 

Sexual predation is a serious crime that can ruin your name for a lifetime. You may need to know your options if you believe the charges against you are false. 

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