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Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes... Does this case fit? If so, what does?

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Person A went into a site such as "Chatroulette" and typed in "sext" as interest. This matches people up to different people of the same interest at random. Person A, a 17 year old male, came across Person B, a 17 year old female. A asks for her IM username, and B readily gives it.

Now in the IM chat box, B is the one initiating the conversation. B asks, send me a pic of your d***, and A says, no - I have no camera. B then says, oh but let's sext anyway. A sends obscene messages - but none indicate any further action towards B. They're just "theoretical", or "story-like" sexual statements-- Like an erotic novel. After a while, A asks B to complete the story, but B vaguely answers. A says, I'm bored, and leaves.
Illegal? Does it change the case if B was an undercover cop?

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  1. Person A is very lucky that he did not send any pictures. In Wisconsin he could be charged with exposing a minor to harmful material. As for the rest, it depends on how explicit the fantasy was.

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  2. The exact wording of the messages (which you absolutely should not write in this forum) are very important. It's impossible to assess you potential liability without knowing that. You need a lawyer. Hire one soon and be thankful you did not send any pictures.

  3. You absolutely need an attorney. In general, though, the actual language used and the transcript is of paramount importance. I have been able to get such cases dismissed based on the full transcript but do not post it here. Contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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  4. It depends on much more facts than posted. At 17 most things are OK but publishing photos is not. There would be entrapment issues as well and endangering has a different age limit than other sex offenses. Call with more information.

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