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Former teacher arrested in Colorado for Internet sex crimes

On behalf of David Lindsey, Attorney at Law posted in Sex Crimes on Friday, August 5, 2011.

A former teacher has been charged in a sex crimes case in Colorado. The man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor via the Internet.

The 33-year-old man was living in Arizona at the time of his arrest. The man had been working as a teacher at the Marana Unified School District in Arizona for two years. When employed at the school, the man allegedly spent time frequenting chatrooms online. Colorado police posed as an underage girl in the chatrooms to lure in possible sexual predators. They were soon contacted by the man.

Allegedly, the man started talking with the supposed teenager in April, and conversations carried on for more than two months. He supposedly requested topless pictures on occasion and engaged in graphic sexual conversation with the officer posing as the girl.

In early July, Colorado police contacted the man via the telephone and informed him of the sting operation. He was asked by authorities to turn himself in by coming to the police station in Golden, Colorado. The man agreed to their request and reported to the police station.

Upon arrival, he was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child through the Internet and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He posted a $10,000 bond and was granted a pretrial services travel permit, allowing him to travel back to Arizona before his trial. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 16.

This case shows the lengths that police will go to in order to catch suspected sexual criminals. In this situation, Colorado police deceived the teacher by pretending to be a young girl. These sting operations can leave the accused person feeling trapped. However, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Those who are facing sex crime charges may find it helpful to speak with an experienced defense attorney.

Source: The Explorer, "Former Marana teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a minor," 20 July 2011

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