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Can I be arrested for soliciting a minor for sex on-line even if the minor was created by the police?

Answer: Yes, you can, and you'll be charged with attempting to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in prostitution or unlawful sex, a federal crime. Richard Rutgerson was on an internet site favored by prostitutes and clients when he saw a posting of a "sweet, petite, young lady" looking for a "mature gentleman".  The age of the 'young lady' was not posted. The two began communicating, and "Amberly" eventually wrote that she was 15 years old. They agreed to meet at a hotel; when Rutgerson arrived, he was arrested by the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department.

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