Arrested for Online Solicitation of a Minor?

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) is one of the most targeted activities by federal and state law enforcement agencies today.

Lazy Load ImageIf you’ve been accused of making online communication with a child/decoy, you may be prosecuted even if you never followed through with contact with the minor. Merely communicating in a sexually explicit manner or using “fantasy talk” can have you facing a felony charge. The method of contact must involve some sort of online or electronic means. In most cases, this involves email, messaging applications, and texts. Violation of a defendant’s free speech rights is never a valid defense argument.

Solicitation of minor accusations can destroy both your personal and professional reputation if not handled swiftly, skillfully, and with discretion by a reputable Rhode Island lawyer who specializes in indecent solicitation of child allegations. Contact the Law Office of John Grasso at 401-272-2001 to allow us to discuss a direction to protect your future.

Indecent Solicitation of a Minor – RI Lawyer

Under Rhode Island General Law 11-37-8.9 the penalty for indecent solicitation of a child is very harsh; “Every person who shall commit indecent solicitation of a child shall be imprisoned for not less than five (5) years.”

Only an aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you avoid these serious consequences. An online solicitation charge can be very frustrating for many defendants because it does not require a completed “act” with a minor. Before you decide to pursue a defensive theory, contact Attorney John Grasso to discuss the practicality of the defense.

In most cases the online solicitation of a minor is a felony offense. As with most felonies, the punishment can range from a deferred or suspended sentence, up to several years in prison. However, the long term and social consequences can be even more severe. Internet crimes against children are considered a sexually related offense and therefore, a defendant can be required to register as a sex offender.


John Grasso is a leading Rhode Island lawyer for sex related offenses, specifically indecent solicitation of a child. Contact Attorney John Grasso for a free consultation and get the professional representation you need.


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