Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure IN CODE Section 35-42-4-12

Sec. 12. (a) This section applies only to a sex offender (as defined in IC 11-8-8-4.5).

(b) A sex offender who knowingly or intentionally violates a:

(1) condition of probation;

(2) condition of parole;  or

(3) rule of a community transition program;

that prohibits the offender from using a social networking web site or an instant messaging or chat room program to communicate, directly or through an intermediary, with a child less than sixteen (16) years of age commits a sex offender Internet offense, a Class A misdemeanor.  However, the offense is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.

(c) It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (b) that the person reasonably believed that the child was at least sixteen (16) years of age.

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