DENVER – Attorney General Suthers today released statewide figures detailing the number of charges brought by district attorneys following the implementation of HB-1011, the cornerstone of Suthers’ Safe Surfing Initiative, which has given law enforcement additional tools to prosecute Internet predators.
“In six short months, prosecutors have used these new laws to bring fifty-eight charges against alleged perpetrators,” said Suthers. “These laws are an important new tool in protecting our children from Internet predators.”
From July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, district attorneys have filed thirty-four Internet luring charges under C.R.S. 18-3-306, fourteen Internet sexual exploitation charges under C.R.S.18-3-405.4(1), and ten charges of sexual exploitation of a child under C.R.S.18-6-403(5).
The new statutes protect children from Internet predators by: 1) making it a felony to solicit a child for a face-to-face meeting – regardless of the purpose – if it is in connection with a conversation describing explicit sexual conduct, 2) making it a felony to sexually exploit a child online by use of items such as webcams, 3) requiring Internet Service Providers retain data records for 90 days with the issuance of a court order and finally, 4) making the possession of twenty or more child pornography a class 4 felony.
“Attorney General Suthers has been a vocal advocate for children since taking office,” said Detective Brian Steckler with the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. “By making Internet safety a top priority, Attorney General Suthers has not only made our job easier, but has made it more difficult for predators to victimize children.”
“The success of these laws is just the first step,” said Suthers. “As Attorney General, I will continue to find new ways to fight Internet predators and ensure our children are safe online.”