If you or a loved on has been charged with Patronizing a Minor Engaged in Prostitution in Chicago or the suburbs, contact Chicago criminal defense lawyer Andrew Weisberg immediately. He can be reached 24/7 on his cell phone at (312) 444-0011. He will give you a free and confidential consultation regarding your case. For your convenience, the law regarding this crime is set out below:
Sec. 11-18.1. Patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution. (a) Any person who engages in an act of sexual penetration as defined in Section 11-0.1 of this Code [720 ILCS 5/11-0.1] with a person engaged in prostitution who is under 18 years of age or is a severely or profoundly intellectually disabled person commits patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution.
(a-5) Any person who engages in any touching or fondling, with a person engaged in prostitution who either is under 18 years of age or is a severely or profoundly intellectually disabled person, of the sex organs of one person by the other person, with the intent to achieve sexual arousal or gratification, commits patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution.
(b) It is an affirmative defense to the charge of patronizing a minor engaged in prostitution that the accused reasonably believed that the person was of the age of 18 years or over or was not a severely or profoundly intellectually disabled person at the time of the act giving rise to the charge.
(c) Sentence. A person who commits patronizing a juvenile prostitute is guilty of a Class 3 felony, unless committed within 1,000 feet of real property comprising a school, in which case it is a Class 2 felony. A person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this Section, or of any combination of such number of convictions under this Section and Sections 11-14 (prostitution), 11-14.1 (solicitation of a sexual act), 11-14.3 (promoting prostitution), 11-14.4 (promoting juvenile prostitution), 11-15 (soliciting for a prostitute), 11-15.1 (soliciting for a juvenile prostitute), 11-16 (pandering), 11-17 (keeping a place of prostitution), 11-17.1 (keeping a place of juvenile prostitution), 11-18.1 (patronizing a juvenile prostitute), 11-19 (pimping), 11-19.1 (juvenile pimping or aggravated juvenile pimping), or 11-19.2 (exploitation of a child) of this Code [720 ILCS 5/11-14, 720 ILCS 5/11-14.1, 720 ILCS 5/11-14.3, 720 ILCS 5/11-14.4, 720 ILCS 5/11-15 (now repealed), 720 ILCS 5/11-15.1, 720 ILCS 5/11-16 (now repealed), 720 ILCS 5/11-17 (now repealed), 720 ILCS 5/11-17.1, 720 ILCS 5/11-18.1, 720 ILCS 5/11-19 (now repealed), 720 ILCS 5/11-19.1, or 720 ILCS 5/11-19.2], is guilty of a Class 2 felony. The fact of such conviction is not an element of the offense and may not be disclosed to the jury during trial unless otherwise permitted by issues properly raised during such trial.
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