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Understanding Indiana's Inappropriate Communication with a Child Law 35-42-4-13


In today's digitally connected world, the Indiana legal system has had to adapt to address new challenges that arise with technology. One such challenge is the inappropriate communication with a child, a topic that we will explore in this blog post. At B. Hicks Law, we believe in providing information and guidance on various legal matters, and we aim to help individuals understand Indiana Code 35-42-4-13 and its implications.


What is IC 35-42-4-13?


IC 35-42-4-13 is a section of the Indiana Code that specifically deals with inappropriate communication with a child. This law aims to protect minors from unwanted and explicit communications from adults with the intent to gratify sexual desires. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of this law and its various aspects.


Understanding the Key Provisions:


IC 35-42-4-13 outlines the following key provisions:

Exemptions: The law provides exemptions for certain individuals, including parents, guardians, custodians, and persons acting with the permission of a child's parent, guardian, or custodian. It also exempts those to whom a child reports abuse or neglect or medical symptoms related to sexual activity.

Definition of Sexual Activity: The law defines "sexual activity" as sexual intercourse, other sexual conduct, or the fondling or touching of the buttocks, genitals, or female breasts.

Penalties: A person who is at least eighteen years old and knowingly or intentionally communicates with an individual whom they believe to be a child less than fourteen years of age concerning sexual activity with the intent to gratify their sexual desires commits inappropriate communication with a child. The penalties for this offense vary:

  • It is considered a Class B misdemeanor.

  • It is upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor if the communication occurs using a computer network.

  • If the person has a prior unrelated conviction for a sex offense, it becomes a Level 6 felony.

The Importance of Legal Representation:


It is essential to recognize the seriousness of inappropriate communication with a child, and the legal consequences can be severe. Anyone facing such charges should consider seeking legal representation immediately. At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense, and our experienced attorneys are ready to assist those accused of such offenses.


Inappropriate communication with a child is a sensitive legal issue, and Indiana's laws regarding this matter reflect the state's commitment to protecting minors from harmful online interactions. Understanding the provisions of IC 35-42-4-13 and the potential legal consequences is crucial for individuals who may find themselves facing such charges.


At B. Hicks Law, we are here to provide legal guidance and support to individuals involved in criminal cases, including those related to inappropriate communication with a child. If you or someone you know is facing such charges, don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We are here to help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.

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