Grooming - Illinois Sexual Assault Laws
In Illinois, the criminal charge of Grooming is classified as a Statutory Class 4 felony.
Grooming Crime & Punishment in Illinois :
The Illinois code § 5/11-25 defines one degrees of the crime grooming, each with associated punishments. The degree of the crime depends on the specifics of the crime committed, with higher degrees of the charge generally receiving harsher punishments.
|Severity||Grooming - Charge Description||Punishment|
Class 4 felony
|Occurs when a person uses an online or Internet service, local bulletin board service or other device capable of electronic transmission to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice (or attempt to do any of the foregoing) a child or a child’s guardian to commit any sex offense or to otherwise engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the offender to be a child.||1-3 years in prison|
Illinois law allows grooming to be enforced as a statutory charge. This means that this charge can be applied to cases in which the victim is younger than the Illinois Age of Consent, even if the victim willingly engages in sexual relations with the defendant.
Grooming is a charge that is unique to Illinois. Crimes that would be prosecuted as grooming in Illinois will be prosecuted under a different statute depending on the state in which the crime takes place.