Communication with a Minor for a Sexual Purpose
It is an offence to communicate via electronic means (ie: computer chats) with a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of committing what otherwise would be a criminal offence in relation to Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, Sexual Exploitation, Sex Trafficking and other related child sexual offences.
Know the age of the person you are communicating with on the computer in relation to any sexual activity is important, and it is not enough to “not know”. The court expects an adult to take reasonable steps to learn the age of the person with whom they are communicating.
With the prevalence of computers in our lives, it is no surprise that it has also become an instrument in our most private communications. But it is equally as important to ensure that the person you are communicating with is over the age of 18 and really who you believe you are speaking with. Much like the days of police patrolling the streets as prostitutes, police also patrol cyber-space (or websites) incognito.
What to do if you have been charged with Child Luring?
Police will likely seize your electronic device(s) - make sure they have a warrant and present you with a copy. You cannot resist a warrant, but you are entitled to speak to a lawyer immediately, do so. You have a right to silence, use it, regardless of what the police say. You may qualify for Legal Aid: See Legal Aid Ontario Information.
Criminal Defence Lawyers
I am here to help you through the process of being charged with Child Luring. My job is to make the process easier for you - to review your case in relation to the charge(s) you are facing - address the court when, and as necessary – deal with the Crown Attorney for your matter – and give you the best defence at trial, or plea resolution possible. Child Luring trials often involve several specially trained officers, warrants and a growing area of caselaw. Make sure you have a lawyer that understands the law and is prepared to act for you.
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