In Michigan, we have two statutes that cover the crime of solicitation of a minor. One statue requires the internet be used to commit the crime and the other does not. MCL 750.145a is called Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting Child for Immoral Purpose. This law does not require the internet be used to engage in this crime. This statue involves soliciting or encouragement of a child less than 16 years of age with the intent to induce that child to commit an immoral act, sexual intercourse or an act of gross indecency, or to any other act of depravity or delinquency. This is a felony. It is punishable by incarceration of up to 4 years in prison. It also has a fine that could cost someone $4,000.00, or both.
MCL 750.145d is called use of Internet to Solicit a Child (Under Age 18) to Commit a Sexual Act. This law carries with it a maximum term imprisonment of 20 years. Here are some of the other penalties this statue carries:
- If the underlying crime is a misdemeanor or a felony with a maximum term of imprisonment of 2 years or more but less than 4 years, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
- (e) If the underlying crime is a felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years or more but less than 15 years, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
- If the underlying crime is a felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years or more or for life, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years or a fine of not more than $20,000.00, or both.
A lot of cases that deal with solicitation of a minor using the internet may involve undercover police representing to be minors on websites or internet chat rooms. If you are given reason to believe you are talking to a minor, and you are talking about meeting up to have sex with this person on the internet, it is a crime. The negative impact of a criminal sex charge with a minor is massive. You face prison, registration as a sex offender, probation and fines.
Do not talk to police if you are being investigated for solicitation of a minor. That would be a major mistake. Call Shawn today at 616-438-6719 and let him help you out in your time of need.
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