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State Laws: Electronic Solicitation or Luring of Children

The Internet can offer many educational resources and enriching experiences for children, but many parents are concerned about online threat to their safety.  Forty-six states specifically prohibit electronic solicitation or use of a computer for the purpose of luring children.  Laws noted with an asterisk (*) do not have specific references to electronic communication; however, they may still be used to prosecute these types of offenses.

The Crimes Against Children Resource Center at the University of New Hampshire and the U.S. Department of Justice have additional resources and statistics about child sexual exploitation and prevention.

Last update: March 13, 2012

Alabama 

Ala. Code § 13A-6-120, -121, -122, -123, -126-127 

Alaska

Alaska Statutes § 11.41-452

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-3506.01, 13-1554

Arkansas

Ark. Code §§ 5-27-603, 5-27-603(a)(2)

California

Cal. Penal Code §§ 272(b), 288.2

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-21-1001 to -1003, 18-3-306 to -405.4

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-90a

Delaware

Del. Code. tit. 11 § 1112A

Florida

Fla. Stat. § 847.0135

Georgia

Ga. Code § 16-12-100.2 (d)

Hawaii

Hawaii Rev. Stat. §§ 707.756, 707.757, 708.893

Idaho

Idaho Code § 18-1509A

Illinois

720 ILCS 5/11-6

Indiana

Ind. Code § 35-42-4-6

Iowa Iowa Code § 710.10*
Kansas

Kan. Stat. §§ 21-5510, 21-5509

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. § 510.155

Louisiana

La. Rev. Stat. § 14:81.3

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 17-A § 259

Maryland

Md. Criminal Law Code §§ 3-324, 11-207

Massachusetts* MGL 265 § 26C*
Michigan

Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 750.145a, 750.145b, 750.145d

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. § 609.352

Mississippi

Miss. Code §§ 97-5-27, 97-5-33

Missouri

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 566.151

Montana Montana Code Ann. § 45-5-625
Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28-320.02

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. § 201.560

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. §§ 649-B:3, 649-B:4

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. § 2C:13-6

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. § 30-37-3.2

New York

N.Y. Penal Law § 235.22

North Carolina

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-202.3

North Dakota

N.D. Cent. Code § 12.1-20-05.1

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.07

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1040.13a21 § 1123

Oregon ORS §§ 163.432 to .434
Pennsylvania

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit . 18, § 6318

Rhode Island

R.I.  Gen. Laws § 11-37-8.8

South Carolina* S.C. Code § 16-15-342*
South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws § 22-24A-5 

Tennessee

Tenn. Code § 39-13-528

Texas

Tex. Penal Code § 33.021

Utah

Utah Code § 76-4-401

Vermont

Vt. Stat. tit. 13 § 2828

Virginia

Va. Code §§ 18.2-374.3

Washington Rev. Code Wash. § 9.68A.090
West Virginia

W. Va. Code § 61-3C-14b

Wisconsin

Wis. Stat. § 948.075

Wyoming*  Wyo. Stat. § 6-2-318*

* Laws noted with an asterisk (*) do not have specific references to electronic communication; however, they may still be used to prosecute these types of offenses.

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