787.025 Luring or Enticing a Child

(1) As used in this section, the term:

(a) "Structure" means a building of any kind, either temporary or permanent, which has a roof over it, together with the curtilage thereof.

(b) "Dwelling" means a building or conveyance of any kind, either temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it and is designed to be occupied by people lodging together therein at night, together with the curtilage thereof.

(c) "Conveyance" means any motor vehicle, ship, vessel, railroad car, trailer, aircraft, or sleeping car.

(2)(a) A person over the age of 18 who, having been previously convicted of a violation of chapter 794 or s. 800.04, or a violation of a similar law of another jurisdiction, intentionally lures or entices, or attempts to lure or entice, a child under the age of 12 into a structure, dwelling, or conveyance for other than a lawful purpose commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(b) For purposes of this section, the luring or enticing, or attempted luring or enticing, of a child under the age of 12 into a structure, dwelling, or conveyance without the consent of the child's parent or legal guardian shall be prima facie evidence of other than a lawful purpose.

(3) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that:

(a) The person reasonably believed that his or her action was necessary to prevent the child from being seriously injured.

(b) The person lured or enticed, or attempted to lure or entice, the child under the age of 12 into a structure, dwelling, or conveyance for a lawful purpose.

(c) The person's actions were reasonable under the circumstances and the defendant did not have any intent to harm the health, safety, or welfare of the child.

History.--s. 1, ch. 95-228; s. 8, ch. 99-201; s. 3, ch. 2000-246.