H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.
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Colorado DA Nets Another Sexting Suspect for Internet Luring

ELLICOTT, COLO.is a very small town in Colorado on the Eastern Plains just east of Colorado Springs.

In that small jurisdiction a School District board member has just been arrested for allegedly sexting a 14-year-old boy.

Thirty-seven-year-old Stefanie Dickinson was arrested Sunday for Internet Luring of a Child, a class four felony.

As the Schools Board’s treasurer she had access to the alleged victim in the case a 14-year-old boy, who attends Ellicott High School
The young boy allegedly began receiving text messages from Dickinson sometime in August after returning from a trip with her and her family to Lake Meridith in Ordway
The boy’s sister found the texts while he was at football practice. It said many of them are “sexual in nature” and reference “oral sex” among other things.

One reads “I will work on not being scared so something can happen,” while another says “You can’t tell anyone about this at all because I could lose my family.”

H. Michael’s Take

While there is no Colorado specific crime titled Sexting – the crimes that can be charged in a case like this are very serious. One possibility is the Colorado Sex Offender Crime of Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Another is Internet Luring – a form of solicitation of a minor to engage in sex. Just the attempt is a very serious felony in Colorado.

The increasing attention to Internet and Electronic Based communication in our modern world – has led to the use of these resources to engage in the more recognizable sex offender crimes that have always existed. Law enforcement’s resources to track and to fullly investigate and charge these crimes is on the rise in terms of the gathering of intelligence – organization and pooling of Federal and State funds and and the sharing of technology