The age of the child in question is very important in an internet luring case. It does not matter if the child was actually under the age of 15 or if an adult was posing as a child under the age of fifteen. The age of the child is what the defendant considered the age to be. This creates situations where police officers will pose as a child under the age of fifteen in public chat rooms or other forms of communication, in an attempt to catch individuals they believe are threats to society.
You could face serious penalties if convicted of internet luring. The charge of internet luring is a felony. It can be an “indeterminate” sentencing offense, which means that, if convicted, a person could face either lifetime in prison or lifetime probation, depending on the circumstances of the case. It is also a sex offense, which requires specific sentencing requirements, such as sex offender registration, offense specific treatment and therapy, and restrictions on having contact with children under the age of 18, including a suspect’s own children or grandchildren.
Internet luring charges are often connected to enticement of a child charges. If you’re charged with enticement of a child, you’re accused of inviting or persuading a child under the age of fifteen to enter any secluded place (including vehicles, buildings, or rooms) with the intent to commit unlawful sexual contact upon the child. Enticement of a child is also a felony, subject to indeterminate and sex offense sentencing.