This includes using means such as online chat rooms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to contact the minor.
A felony conviction under Penal Code 288.4 can result in up to three years in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
However, your words can get you in trouble online, especially if they are directed to minors. It’s safe to say that if you’re an adult, you should never chat with minors online. It is Illegal to Use the Internet to Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for Sexual Purposes.
Under California Penal Code Section 288.4, it is illegal to arrange a meeting with a minor or a person you believe to be under the age of 18 for the purpose of lewd and lascivious sexual conduct.
However, if you actually go to the arranged meeting place, the state prison sentence can increase to four years. Parents are Always on the Lookout for Internet Predators.
These days, parents take extra precautions to make sure their children are not chatting online with someone they don’t know, especially if the person is an adult.
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Planned Parenthood reported at the American Public Health Association meeting that there have been over 264,000 chats and texts so far.
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