Colorado Law re "Pandering of a Child"
(Colorado 18-7-403 C.R.S.)

The difference between Colorado pandering and pimping of children

"Pandering" is the proper name for the crime commonly thought of as pimping.

Section 18-7-403 (1) of the Colorado criminal code provides:

Any person who does any of the following for money or other thing of value commits pandering of a child:

  • (a) Inducing a child by menacing or criminal intimidation to commit prostitution; or
  • (b) Knowingly arranging or offering to arrange a situation in which a child may practice prostitution.

Pimping is a related crime that involves knowingly living off the earnings of a prostitute. Colorado's law against pimping of a child, 18-7-405 C.R.S., punishes people who derive their support in whole or in part from money or anything else of value earned by a child prostitute.

Penalties for pandering a child

Pandering a child by menacing or criminal intimidation is a Colorado class 2 felony. Penalties can include:

  • 8-24 years in prison, and
  • A fine of $5,000-$1,000,000.

Knowingly arranging, or offering to arrange, a situation in which a child may practice prostitution is a Colorado class 3 felony. Penalties can include:

  • 4-12 years in prison, and
  • A fine of $3,000-$750,000.

Additionally, any conviction for pandering of a child will result in mandatory registration as a Colorado sex offender.

Defenses to pandering of a child

Common defenses to Colorado charges of pandering of a child prostitute can include (but are not limited to):

  • The child was not a prostitute,
  • You didn't know the child was a prostitute,
  • You didn't make the introduction,
  • You did not menace or intimidate the child, or
  • The police engaged in misconduct, such as entrapment.

Note, however, that pandering of a child is a strict liability crime in Colorado. This means it is NOT a defense that you didn't know that the child was under 18 – even if he or she looked older and lied about his or her age.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of pandering or pimping of a child or another Colorado sex offense, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyers.

We offer personalized, dedicated service to clients throughout Colorado – including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Centennial and Boulder. We can also help with any bail and release issues at any of the state jails, including the Elbert County Jail.

You can reach us by filling out the confidential form on this page, or by calling us at our Denver home office:

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Denver, CO 80211
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