Section 49B of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) creates the offence of ‘grooming’ of a child under 16 for sexual conduct. In Victoria, the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment. Like all sexual offences involving children it is a serious offence. A finding of guilt in relation to an offence of this nature will result in mandatory registration on the Sex Offenders Register.
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To prove this offence, the prosecution must establish the following beyond reasonable doubt that the accused communicated with:
- A child under 16 years; or
- With a person having care, supervision or authority of the child; and
- With the intention of facilitating the child’s engagement or involvement in a sexual offence with themselves or another adult.
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