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Sexual Offences Act 2003

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15Meeting a child following sexual grooming etc.

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(1)A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—

(a)having met or communicated with another person (B) on at least two earlier occasions, he—

(i)intentionally meets B, or

(ii)travels with the intention of meeting B in any part of the world,

(b)at the time, he intends to do anything to or in respect of B, during or after the meeting and in any part of the world, which if done will involve the commission by A of a relevant offence,

(c)B is under 16, and

(d)A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over.

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)the reference to A having met or communicated with B is a reference to A having met B in any part of the world or having communicated with B by any means from, to or in any part of the world;

(b)“relevant offence” means—

(i)an offence under this Part,

(ii)an offence within any of paragraphs 61 to 92 of Schedule 3, or

(iii)anything done outside England and Wales and Northern Ireland which is not an offence within sub-paragraph (i) or (ii) but would be an offence within sub-paragraph (i) if done in England and Wales.

(3)In this section as it applies to Northern Ireland—

(a)subsection (1) has effect with the substitution of “17” for “16” in both places;

(b)subsection (2)(b)(iii) has effect with the substitution of “sub-paragraph (ii) if done in Northern Ireland” for “sub-paragraph (i) if done in England and Wales”.

(4)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

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