It is an offence for a person aged 18 years and over to use deceptive means in order to meet or arrange to meet a child.
A person aged 18 years or over who:
- knowingly communicates with a child; and
- makes a false representation that they are younger than they are, or that they are someone other than who they are; and
- meets or arranges to meet with the child
is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 5 years.
See section 139A(1) of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA).
Further, a person who engages in the above conduct AND with the intent to commit an offence against the child will be guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: imprisonment for 10 years [see s 139A(2)].
The definition of a child for these offences is any person under the age of 17 years.
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