When a person encourages or solicits a child who is younger than 16 years old (see age of consent in Michigan, 16) to commit any kind or type of sexual act, he or she can be convicted of accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for immoral purposes. Accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purposes can be found under the Michigan Penal Code 750.145a.
A person who accosts, entices, or solicits:
- A child less than 16 years of age, regardless of whether the person knows the individual is a child or knows the actual age of the child, or
- an individual whom he or she believes is a child less than 16 years of age with the intent to induce or force that child or individual to commit an immoral act, to submit to an act of sexual intercourse or an act of gross indecency, or to any other act of depravity or delinquency, or
- who encourages a child less than 16 years of age, regardless of whether the person knows the individual is a child or knows the actual age of the child, or an individual whom he or she believes is a child less than 16 years of age to engage in any of those acts is guilty of a felony.
The state is required to demonstrate that the accused had a specific intent to induce or force the child to commit the acts the accuser is alleging.
Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes involves elements of urging or entreating. The person committing the said crime must have the intent to induce or force the child to commit an immoral act, to submit to an act of sexual intercourse or gross indecency, or to submit to any act of depravity or delinquency OR to encourage the minor to engage in any of those acts.
Few years ago, this kind of crime usually took place in a public park or at schools. The accused usually approaches the minor and asks for an illegal sexual activity or favor. But today, with the advancement of technology, this kind of crime now takes place online or via the internet. It’s usually within the world of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) that this type of sex crime takes place.
Although the scope of the charge Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes in Michigan is very broad, it is a very serious Sex Crime.
If you or someone you know is being investigated and/or accused of accosting for immoral purpose, hiring an aggressive criminal defense lawyer that specializes in sex crimes must be your top priority. You’ll need an experienced criminal sexual conduct lawyer to fight for your life.
Time is of the essence, you should immediately call former Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit Nicole Blank Becker of Blank Law, PC.
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ACCOSTING A CHILD FOR IMMORAL PURPOSES
The accused approached a child at a school playground and asked for him/her to perform an illegal sex act. That is enough for the state to charge the accused with Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes.
The accused was on the internet communicating with a child he knew to be 12 years old. The accused offered the child candy, movie tickets and shopping money in exchange for performing oral sex on him.
ACCOSTING CHILD FOR IMMORAL PURPOSES
Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes is punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $4,000.00, or both.
Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes is a Felony. Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes falls under, MCL 750.145a.
Sex Offender Registry applies to Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes. This is a Tier 2 level. The accused would have to register for 25 years.
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