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Legal Statutes: Colorado

UPDATED July 18, 2014

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Part 1. Public Peace and Order

back to top§ 18-9-111. Harassment - stalking.

(1) A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she:

(a) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact; or

(b) In a public place directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person; or

(c) Follows a person in or about a public place; or

(d) Repealed by Laws 1990, H.B.90-1118, § 11.

(e) Initiates communication with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telephone network, data network, text message, instant message, computer, computer network, or computer system in a manner intended to harass or threaten bodily injury or property damage, or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or proposal by telephone, computer, computer network, or computer system that is obscene; or

(f) Makes a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation; or

(g) Makes repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere in the use and enjoyment of another's home or private residence or other private property; or

(h) Repeatedly insults, taunts, challenges, or makes communications in offensively coarse language to, another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response.

(1.5) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “obscene” means a patently offensive description of ultimate sexual acts or solicitation to commit ultimate sexual acts, whether or not said ultimate sexual acts are normal or perverted, actual or simulated, including masturbation, cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus, or excretory functions.

(2) Harassment pursuant to subsection (1) of this section is a class 3 misdemeanor; except that harassment is a class 1 misdemeanor if the offender commits harassment pursuant to subsection (1) of this section with the intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin.

(3) Any act prohibited by paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of this section may be deemed to have occurred or to have been committed at the place at which the telephone call, electronic mail, or other electronic communication was either made or received.

(4) Repealed by Laws 2010, Ch. 88, § 2, eff. Aug. 11, 2010.

(5) Repealed by Laws 2010, Ch. 88, § 2, eff. Aug. 11, 2010.

(6) Repealed by Laws 2010, Ch. 88, § 2, eff. Aug. 11, 2010.
Amended by Laws 1976, H.B.1193, §§ 1, 2; Laws 1981, H.B.1167, § 6; Laws 1990, H.B.90-1118, § 11, eff. March 27, 1990; Laws 1992, H.B.92-1189, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, H.B.93-1045, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, H.B.94-1045, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1994, H.B.94-1126, § 14, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1994, S.B.94-89, § 3, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, H.B.95-1070, § 26, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1997, H.B.97-1077, § 4, eff. July 1, 1997; Laws 1999, Ch. 215, §§ 1, 4, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 2000, Ch. 171, § 4, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2003, Ch. 139, § 23, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, Ch. 200, § 11, eff. Aug. 4, 2004; Laws 2009, Ch. 341, § 4, eff. July 1, 2009; Laws 2010, Ch. 88, § 2, eff. Aug. 11, 2010.