Unlawful Use or Access of Social Media By Sex Offender– Louisiana

Unlawful Use or Access of Social Network by a Sex Offender 

The following shall constitute unlawful use of a social networking website:

            (1) The intentional use of a social networking website by a person who is required to register as a sex offender and who was convicted of R.S. 14:81 (indecent behavior with juveniles), R.S. 14:81.1 (pornography involving juveniles), R.S. 14:81.3 (computer-aided solicitation of a minor), or R.S. 14:283 (video voyeurism) or was convicted of a sex offense as defined in R.S. 15:541 in which the victim of the sex offense was a minor.

(2) The provisions of this Section shall also apply to any person convicted for an offense under the laws of another state, or military, territorial, foreign, tribal, or federal law which is equivalent to the offenses provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, unless the tribal court or foreign conviction was not obtained with sufficient safeguards for fundamental fairness and due process for the accused as provided by the federal guidelines adopted pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.

Definitions

“Minor” means a person under the age of eighteen years.

“Social networking website” means an Internet website, the primary purpose of which is facilitating social interaction with other users of the website and has all of the following capabilities:

  • Allows users to create web pages or profiles about themselves that are available to the general public or to any other users.
  • Offers a mechanism for communication among users.

“Social networking website” does not include any of the following:

  • An Internet website that provides only one of the following services: photo-sharing, electronic mail, or instant messaging.
  • An Internet website the primary purpose of which is the facilitation of commercial transactions involving goods or services between its members or visitors.
  • An Internet website of a governmental entity.

“Use” means to create a profile on a social networking website or to contact or attempt to contact other users of the social networking website.

Penalties

Whoever commits the crime of unlawful use or access of social media shall, upon a first conviction, be fined not more than $10,000 and shall be imprisoned with hard labor for not more than 10 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Whoever commits the crime of unlawful use or access of social media, upon a second or subsequent conviction, shall be fined not more than $20,000 and shall be imprisoned with hard labor for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Legal Assistance

If you are a sex offender and been accused of using a social network or social media, contact our New Orleans sex crimes attorney today. 504-599-5955

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