Grooming an Adult for Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Child is an offence under section 66EC of the Crimes Act 1900, which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison or 6 years if the child was under 14 years of age.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
‘Unlawful sexual activity’ covers a broad range of conduct, including:
A ‘child’ is a person under the age of 16 years.
Those with authority over a child include:
Proceedings for the offence can only be commenced by, or with the approval of, the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Duress is a defence to the charge.
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