An Act To Protect Maine's Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §259-A, sub-§1, ¶B, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 597, §3, is amended to read:
(1) Is at least 16 years of age;
(2) Knows or believes that the other person is less than 12 13 years of age; and
(3) Is at least 3 years older than the age expressed by the other person.
Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime.
Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA §282-A is enacted to read:
§ 282-A. Exploitive travel
(1) Seduce, solicit, lure or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure or entice, a child, or a person believed by the actor to be a child, to engage in a prohibited act; or
(2) Solicit, lure or entice, or attempt to solicit, lure or entice, a parent, legal guardian or custodian of a child, or a person believed by the actor to be a parent, legal guardian or custodian of a child, to consent to the participation of that child in a prohibited act.
(1) A sexual act as defined in section 251, subsection 1, paragraph C;
(2) Sexual contact as defined in section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D; or
(3) Sexual exploitation of a minor pursuant to section 282.
Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA §283-A is enacted to read:
§ 283-A. Unlawful electronic transmission of image or video depicting sexually explicit conduct
(1) An image or video that depicts sexually explicit conduct; or
(2) An Internet link to an image, video or website that depicts sexually explicit conduct.
Sec. 4. 17-A MRSA §285, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. B, §12, is amended to read:
§ 285. Forfeiture of equipment and other property items used to facilitate or commit violations of this chapter
This bill amends the law regarding solicitation of a child to commit a prohibited act and creates the crimes of exploitive travel and unlawful electronic transmission of an image or video depicting sexually explicit conduct. The bill also amends the criminal forfeiture provisions of the sexual exploitation of minors laws to include conveyances and money instruments as items in addition to computer equipment that may be subject to forfeiture proceedings.