Oregon Offenses Against Persons
ORS 163.413
Purchasing sex with a minor


(1)

A person commits the crime of purchasing sex with a minor if the person pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee to engage in sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a minor, a police officer posing as a minor or an agent of a police officer posing as a minor.

(2)

(a) If the person does not have a prior conviction under this section at the time of the offense, purchasing sex with a minor is a Class C felony and the person may use a defense described in ORS 163.325 (Ignorance or mistake as a defense) only if the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the age of the purported minor as reported to the defendant was at least 16 years of age.

(b)

If the person has one or more prior convictions under this section at the time of the offense, purchasing sex with a minor is a Class B felony, the state need not prove that the person knew the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the purported minor was under 18 years of age and the person may not use a defense described in ORS 163.325 (Ignorance or mistake as a defense).

(3)

(a) When a person is convicted under this section, in addition to any other sentence that may be imposed, the court shall impose and may not suspend the sentence described in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(b)

The mandatory minimum sentences that apply to paragraph (a) of this subsection are as follows:

(A)

For a person’s first conviction, a fine in the amount of $10,000, a term of incarceration of at least 30 days and completion of a john school program.

(B)

For a person’s second or subsequent conviction, a fine in the amount of $20,000 and the court shall designate the offense as a sex crime under ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235).

(c)

Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, if the court determines that the person is unable to pay the full amount of the mandatory minimum fine, the court shall impose and may not suspend a fine in an amount the court determines the person is able to pay.

(d)

For a person’s first conviction under this section, the court may designate the offense as a sex crime under ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235) if the court finds that the circumstances of the offense and the age of the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the purported minor as reported to the defendant require the defendant to register and report as a sex offender for the safety of the community.

(4)

As used in this section:

(a)

“John school” means any course, class or program intended to educate and prevent recidivism of persons who have been arrested for, charged with or convicted of commercial sexual solicitation or purchasing sex with a minor or attempting to engage in commercial sexual solicitation or purchase sex with a minor.

(b)

“Minor” means a person under 18 years of age.

(c)

“Police officer” has the meaning given that term in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670). [2013 c.720 §4; 2015 c.98 §6; 2015 c.101 §2]
Source
Last accessed
May. 15, 2020