Child Enticement Law & Legal Definition


Child enticement means an act or conduct, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such conduct that would constitute a criminal sexual offense against a child under state or federal laws. It is the crime of luring a child into a vehicle, a secluded place, or a building for the purpose of committing some sexual act against the child. Enticement of a child can result in both federal and state penalties.

There are different types of child enticement. Some of them are:

1. Illegal sexual intercourse with a child.

2. Soliciting a child for prostitution

3. Online sexual activity with a child

4. Sodomy

5. Lewd or lascivious acts with a child

The following is an example of a state statute (Colorado) defining the term:

C.R.S. 18-3-305. Enticement of a child

(1) A person commits the crime of enticement of a child if he or she invites or persuades, or attempts to invite or persuade, a child under the age of fifteen years to enter any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place with the intent to commit sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact upon said child. It is not necessary to a prosecution for attempt under this subsection (1) that the child have perceived the defendant's act of enticement.

(2) Enticement of a child is a class 4 felony. It is a class 3 felony if the defendant has a previous conviction for enticement of a child or sexual assault on a child or for conspiracy to commit or the attempted commission of either offense, or if the enticement of a child results in bodily injury to that child.

(3) When a person is convicted, pleads nolo contendere, or receives a deferred sentence for a violation of the provisions of this section and the court knows the person is a current or former employee of a school district in this state or holds a license or authorization pursuant to the provisions of article 60.5 of title 22, C.R.S., the court shall report such fact to the department of education.