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"Does the state consider cyber-sex to be sexual activity? Gray said the state did not, but if the person solicited sex and believed it was a minor, that is what the law requires.
Wilkins wondered how the state can establish what a person believes short of having a full confession.
"He definitely did more than just chat," said Chief Justice Christine Durham.
"He set up a meeting and showed up at the scene." The statute states a person must believe that the person they are chatting with is a minor.
Can the state convict someone of enticing a minor over the Internet based on their words alone?
That issue was the subject of lively debate among justices of the Utah Supreme Court on Wednesday.
His other social media profiles are really private. And then suddenly you don't hear from him for 12 hours. You're really hitting it off, but the dude is basically a ghost. No one who online dates is "off the grid." He's hiding a dark secret (or he just has a girlfriend). You're thinking things are going really well so far. Is he sleeping during the day and going out at night to fight crime? Durham pointed out that Gallegos went beyond sexual talk and into soliciting someone who claimed they were a minor. She added if a man walked up to a 13-year-old on the street and solicited sex, what would be the difference?"It is the solicitation, the inducement, the allure.