2015 ORS 163.413¹
Purchasing sex with a minor

(1) A person commits the crime of purchasing sex with a minor if the person pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee to engage in sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a minor, a police officer posing as a minor or an agent of a police officer posing as a minor.

(2)(a) If the person does not have a prior conviction under this section at the time of the offense, purchasing sex with a minor is a Class C felony and the person may use a defense described in ORS 163.325 (Ignorance or mistake as a defense) only if the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the age of the purported minor as reported to the defendant was at least 16 years of age.

(b) If the person has one or more prior convictions under this section at the time of the offense, purchasing sex with a minor is a Class B felony, the state need not prove that the person knew the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the purported minor was under 18 years of age and the person may not use a defense described in ORS 163.325 (Ignorance or mistake as a defense).

(3)(a) When a person is convicted under this section, in addition to any other sentence that may be imposed, the court shall impose and may not suspend the sentence described in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(b) The mandatory minimum sentences that apply to paragraph (a) of this subsection are as follows:

(A) For a person’s first conviction, a fine in the amount of $10,000, a term of incarceration of at least 30 days and completion of a john school program.

(B) For a person’s second or subsequent conviction, a fine in the amount of $20,000 and the court shall designate the offense as a sex crime under ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235).

(c) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, if the court determines that the person is unable to pay the full amount of the mandatory minimum fine, the court shall impose and may not suspend a fine in an amount the court determines the person is able to pay.

(d) For a person’s first conviction under this section, the court may designate the offense as a sex crime under ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235) if the court finds that the circumstances of the offense and the age of the minor or, in the case of a police officer or agent of a police officer posing as a minor, the purported minor as reported to the defendant require the defendant to register and report as a sex offender for the safety of the community.

(4) As used in this section:

(a) "John school" means any course, class or program intended to educate and prevent recidivism of persons who have been arrested for, charged with or convicted of commercial sexual solicitation or purchasing sex with a minor or attempting to engage in commercial sexual solicitation or purchase sex with a minor.

(b) "Minor" means a person under 18 years of age.

(c) "Police officer" has the meaning given that term in ORS 181A.355 (Definitions for ORS 181A.355 to 181A.670). [2013 c.720 §4; 2015 c.98 §6; 2015 c.101 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Under evidence that defendant inten­tionally touched victim's buttocks through clothing, whether such con­duct constituted "sexual contact" of victim's "intimate parts" was ques­tion for jury. State v. Buller, 31 Or App 889, 581 P2d 1263 (1977)

Genitalia and breasts are intimate parts as matter of law under this sec­tion, and undeveloped genitalia and breasts of children are included within defini­tion. State v. Turner, 33 Or App 157, 575 P2d 1007 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Rule that state is not permitted to introduce evidence of other crimes or bad acts solely to prove defendant acted as on prior occasions is strictly applied in sex crime cases, even those involving deviate sexual behavior, in so far as con­duct with per­sons other than victim is concerned. State v. Sicks, 33 Or App 435, 576 P2d 834 (1978)

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 428, 518-522, 555 (1972)

Chapter 163

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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