22-24A-5Solicitation of a minor--Felony--Assessment.

A person is guilty of solicitation of a minor if the person eighteen years of age or older:

(1)    Solicits a minor, or someone the person reasonably believes is a minor, to engage in a prohibited sexual act; or

(2)    Knowingly compiles or transmits by means of a computer; or prints, publishes or reproduces by other computerized or any other electronic means; or buys, sells, receives, exchanges or disseminates, any notice, statement or advertisement of any minor's name, telephone number, place of residence, physical characteristics or other descriptive or identifying information for the purpose of soliciting a minor or someone the person reasonably believes is a minor to engage in a prohibited sexual act.

The fact that an undercover operative or law enforcement officer was involved in the detection and investigation of an offense under this section does not constitute a defense to a prosecution under this section.

Consent to performing a prohibited sexual act by a minor or a minor's parent, guardian, or custodian, or mistake as to the minor's age is not a defense to a charge of violating this section.

A violation of this section is a Class 4 felony.

The court shall order an assessment pursuant to § 22-22-1.3 of any person convicted of violating this section.

Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to impose liability on a provider of an electronic communication service, an information service, a mobile service, including a commercial mobile service, a telecommunication service, an interactive computer service, or a cable service.

Source: SL 2002, ch 109, § 10; SDCL § 22-22-24.5; SL 2005, ch 120, §§ 407, 410; SL 2006, ch 121, § 8; SL 2010, ch 116, § 1; SL 2016, ch 124, § 2.