Call Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for Child Enticement Defense: (414) 270-0202

Child enticement is defined in Section 948.07 of the Wisconsin Statutes.  Classified as a Class D felony, this is a serious crime could result in up to a 25 year prison sentence.  Criminal defense attorneys Matthew R. Meyer and Benjamin T. Van Severen defend child enticement cases.

Child enticement requires that the defendant, with intent to commit certain acts, causes or attempts to cause a child to go into any vehicle, building, room, or secluded place.  A child is an individual under 18 years of age.  The “certain acts” include:

  • Having sexual contact or sexual intercourse with the child;
  • Causing the child to engage in prostitution;
  • Exposing genitals, pubic area, or intimate parts to the child, or having the child do the same;
  • Recording the child engaging in sexually explicit conduct;
  • Causing bodily or mental harm to the child;
  • Giving or selling to the child a controlled substance or controlled substance analogue.

Child enticement does not require some sort of sexual act in order for the State to sustain a conviction.  Something non-sexual, like attempting to cause a child to go into a building to cause bodily or mental harm to the child, is child enticement.

Unlike most crimes, child enticement combines completed offenses and attempted offenses in one statute.  Each type of case has different jury instructions and requires slightly different defense strategy.  The problem the government often has with an attempted crime is that it could be based on conjecture.  Attempted child enticement is also often the result of “To Catch a Predator” type stings.

The word attempt means:

  • The defendant intended to cause the child to complete one of the “other acts;”
  • The purpose of the other act was one of the six requirements above; and
  • The defendant did acts which demonstrate unequivocally, under all the circumstances, that he had formed that intent and would commit the crime except for the intervention of another person or some other extraneous factor.

 Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. for child enticement defense

Our criminal defense attorneys have worked on numerous cases involving children, involving sexual acts, controlled substances, and causing bodily or mental harm to an individual.  If you’ve been charged with child enticement call Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202.