Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime is illegal in Wisconsin. Prohibited by section 948.075 of the Wisconsin Statutes, this crime is a Class C felony. It carries with it a penalty of 40 years in prison and a $100,000.00 fine. Our criminal defense attorneys have worked on cases involving use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. to discuss your criminal case. Attorney Matthew R. Meyer or Benjamin Van Severen will be happy to discuss your case.
Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime is committed when the defendant “uses a computerized communication system to communicate with an individual who the actor believes or has reason to believe has not attained the age of 16 years with intent to have sexual contact or sexual intercourse…” Wis. Stat. sec. 948.075(1r).
When the defendant reasonably believes the age of the victim is no more than 24 months less than the defendant’s age, this is not a crime. Wis. Stat. sec. 048.075(2). So it’s not a crime if the defendant thinks the victim is within 2 years of his/her age.
Further, it must be shown that the defendant used the computer system for more than just mere communication. Some kind of action, or attempt to further the communication must have occurred.
Police and alleged victims aren’t always honest. While we can’t say how to win your specific case (we don’t know the details), there are methods to attack a child sex crime. The kids could be lying. The police could be lying. The police may have violated your constitutional rights. All of these are things that your criminal defense attorney should look into. Most importantly, you might be innocent.
At your free initial consultation, one of our criminal defense attorneys will discuss your case with you. We’ll begin to figure out how to defend your case. At that point we’ll be able to begin figuring out your options and how to proceed.
If you’ve been charged with this crime you know it’s serious. The criminal defense lawyers at Meyer Van Severen, S.C. aggressively defend all criminal cases. If you’re facing a use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime case, contact our law firm for a free consultation. (414) 270-0202.