Child Grooming

Being charged with a child grooming offence can be incredibly distressing and stressful. Fortunately, working with a lawyer who regularly defends these cases in court can make all the difference to the outcome of your case. 

Indeed, you will need legal representation that can be there for you at every stage of the proceedings including being on call for emergencies 247/365 to come and provide counsel at the police station, as well as your court appearances.

Also, when charged with a child grooming offence acting fast can help ensure the most positive outcome for your case. After all, anything you say or do while under caution can be used against you in a court of law.

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What is child grooming?

Child grooming is an offence perpetrated by an individual or group where they form a relationship with a child to abuse, exploit, or manipulate them. Often referred to as a sexual offence, child grooming can also refer to any situation in which the underage victim is exploited such as inducing them to engage in criminal activity like transporting drugs. 

what is child grooming?
Criminal Procedure Rules

Child Grooming Sentencing Guidelines

The penalty that an individual will receive if they are found guilty of a child grooming offence will depend on many factors including how serious the offence is, as well as the context of the offence. However, as a rule, the following sentences are the maximum penalty in each case: 


Maximum Penalty / Imprisonment  

Sexual communication with a child

2 years

Causing a child to watch a sexual act

10 years

Meeting a child following sexual grooming

10 years

Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

14 years

Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity 

14 years

Penalties increase in severity when: 

  • The perpetrator is in a trusted position such as a teacher, sports coach, or doctor. 
  • The grooming happened over an extended period 
  • The child tried to sever contact with the perpetrator

Are there any defences against child grooming charges?

Yes, a skilled legal team with experience in this area will be able to advise you on the most effective defence against child grooming charges. 

Not Guilty: You may choose to enter a not-guilty plea. In this case, your legal team will work with you to refute the charges, and demonstrate that the relationship you had with the child involved was an innocent one. 

Guilty: You may also choose to plead guilty. In this case, your legal team will be there to support you through the process, providing evidence of your good character, and doing everything they can to reduce any penalties you may face. 

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