Traveling to Meet a Minor in Florida
We have all seen or heard about the “To Catch a Predator” show and the similar stings that local law enforcement agencies conduct to identify citizens who are communicating online with minors, or in many cases officers posing as minors. Law enforcement agencies dedicate significate amounts of manpower, money and resources to organize and carry out these investigations.
In Florida, the result is often devastating for the person on the other side of the computer screen. The individual can be arrested and charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor, Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet, Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors, and even Possession or Transmission of Child Pornography, to name a few.
Under Florida Statute §847.0135(4), Traveling to Meet a Minor is committed when a person travels within or to the state of Florida for the purpose of:
- Engaging in any illegal act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827; or
- Engaging in other unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child after using a computer online service, Internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission to:
- Seduce, solicit, lure, or entice or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a child or another person believed by the person to be a child, to engage in any illegal act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in other unlawful sexual conduct with a child; or
- Solicit, lure, or entice or attempt to solicit, lure, or entice a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child or a person believed to be a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child to consent to the participation of such child in any act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in any sexual conduct.
Traveling to Meet a Minor is a second-degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of fifteen (15) years in prison, along with a fine and sex offender registration.
- Lack of Seduction, Solicitation, Luring or Enticement
Statute of Limitations
In Florida, a prosecution for Traveling to Meet a Minor, a second-degree felony, must be commenced within three (3) years after the commission of the crime.
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