2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 18 - Criminal Code
Article 9 - Offenses Against Public Peace, Order, and Decency
Part 1 - Public Peace and Order
§ 18-9-113. Desecration of venerated objects

CO Rev Stat ยง 18-9-113 (2016) What's This?

(1) (a) A person commits a class 3 misdemeanor if he knowingly desecrates any public monument or structure or desecrates in a public place any other object of veneration by the public.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in section 24-80-1305, C.R.S., with respect to the disturbance of an unmarked human burial, a person commits a class 1 misdemeanor if he knowingly desecrates any place of worship or burial of human remains.

(c) The court shall order that any person convicted pursuant to this section make restitution to cover the costs of repairing any damages to any monument, headstone, memorial marker, structure, or place that are the result of such person's conduct. Such restitution shall be paid to any person or entity that repairs such damages, as required in article 18.5 of title 16, C.R.S.

(2) The term "desecrate" means defacing, damaging, polluting, or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the defendant knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover his action or its result.

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