The offence is section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Meeting a child following sexual grooming.
The person however must be under 16 years of age.
You don’t have to meet, you only have to travel with the intention of meeting or not even travel, but just arrange to meet.
At this stage in time, you haven’t committed an offence if the decoy was a police officer posing as a child.
What the police are doing are using these decoys to trap people and then carrying out the investigations of those people. It works on the basis that people committing this kind of offence will rarely do it on only one occasion.
Provided this is the only incident, and the police will investigate your computer and mobile phone in depth, then you escape prosecution as no-one under 16 is involved.
If convicted, it carries a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years.
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