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Grooming an Adult for Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Child

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:

  1. You were an adult
  2. You provided another adult with a financial or material benefit, and
  3. You did so intending to make it easier to procure a child under that adult’s authority for unlawful sexual activity.

‘Unlawful sexual activity’ covers a broad range of conduct, including:

  1. Sexual act
  2. Sexual touching
  3. Sexual intercourse
  4. Producing child abuse material
  5. Forced self-manipulation, and
  6. Child prostitution

A ‘child’ is a person under the age of 16 years.

Those with authority over a child include:

  1. The child’s parents or guardians, and
  2. Any other adult/s with responsibility over the child at the relevant time

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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