Online chatting may seem like a way for you to express yourself freely in an anonymous setting.
Most people do not think twice about what they post online, the seriousness of their intentions or who they direct their comments to.
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.
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.
It is best for adults to not be “friends” with or “follow” any minors they don’t know under these platforms. If You Use the Internet to Arrange a Meeting with a Minor for Sexual Purposes and Actually Go, Your Problems Could Get Worse.
Under California , using the Internet to arrange a meeting with a minor for lewd and lascivious acts can be charged as a felony and is punishable by up to three years in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
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.
They use search and browser filters on their computers and may know what their children are doing online.
If parents see their child chatting online with a person they don’t know, the parents may contact the police and make accusations against the person, no matter what the situation.
This could lead to criminal charges being filed against you. The Police May Be Posing as a Minor The TV show “To Catch a Predator” became famous for using adults posing as minors online to find other adults who tried to meet them in person.
Once the adults would show up to the “minor’s” home, they would be arrested by the police and charged with attempting lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.
Though the TV show is no longer on the air, law enforcement all over the country continues to use these today.