What Are the Possible Penalties for Solicitation
of a Minor?

Online solicitation starts at a 3rd degree felony which is anywhere from 2 to 10 years in prison and a lifetime registration as a sex offender. If there are any photographs involved, the charge escalates up to possession of child pornography, a 2nd degree felony which is carries a prison term of 2 to 20 years.

Interviewer: When you say photographs involved, you mean the adult that’s sending photographs themselves?

Attorney Churak: Both,where the adult sends photographs of himself, possibly of his genital area and the person on the other side, the child, does the same.

If the Police Are Conducting a Sting Operation, They Will Not Transmit
a Photo

Interviewer: If the communication is part of a police sting operation, will they still send a photo?

Attorney Churak: If it’s a police officer, they will not send a photo. It’s usually the defendant sending the pictures.