Individuals charged under cybersex laws may be at a disadvantage due to the resources committing by the government.
Someone who becomes the target of an investigation by the Houston task force or by any state or federal law enforcement agency should seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling cases under state and federal cybersex statutes.
The fine for a conviction of a second degree felony shall not exceed ,000 The state and federal governments have committed large sums of money and other resources to the investigation and prosecution of people engaging in sexually suggestive activities with minors over the Internet.
The Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a collaboration of law enforcement agencies created to combat online sexual solicitation and exploitation of minors.
Law enforcement agencies have learned that the most effective use of their investigative resources is to focus on the locations where the crimes are being committed.
[Portugese Translation by Luciano Almeida, March 2000] Robin Hamman talks about the use of ethnographic research methodology in researching sex online.
This is based on his MA Sociology dissertation, Cyborgasms: Cybersex Amongst Multiple-Selves and Cyborgs in the Narrow Bandwidth Space of AOL Chat Rooms.
Erving Goffman, Dramaturgy, and On-Line Relationships By: Nikki Sannicolas -- Nikki Sannicolas, a Social and Behavioral Sciences Major at California State University, Monterey Bay has written an excellent paper that uses Goffman's theories of drama and life scripts to take a refreshingly original look at Online Relationships.
It should also be noted that the federal statute defines a minor as someone who is younger than 18 years of age.
The adult initiating the request to meet cannot avoid prosecution by claiming that the meeting was not supposed to actually occur.
It is a defense in Texas to a charge of online solicitation of a minor if the minor and the adult are married to each other at the time the offense is alleged to have occurred.