ORS 163.479¹
Unlawful contact with a child

(1) A person commits the crime of unlawful contact with a child if the person:

(a)(A) Has been designated a sexually violent dangerous offender under ORS 137.765 (Sexually violent dangerous offenders);

(B) Has been classified as a level three sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (3);

(C) Is an unclassified adult sex offender designated as predatory prior to January 1, 2014;

(D) Has been sentenced as a dangerous offender under ORS 161.725 (Standards for sentencing of dangerous offenders) upon conviction of a sex crime; or

(E) Has been given a similar designation or been sentenced under a similar law of another jurisdiction; and

(b) Knowingly contacts a child with the intent to commit a crime or for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of the person or another person.

(2) As used in this section:

(a) “Child” means a person under 18 years of age.

(b) “Contact” means to communicate in any manner.

(c) “Sex crime” has the meaning given that term in ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235).

(3) Unlawful contact with a child is a Class C felony. [2005 c.811 §2; 2013 c.708 §13; 2015 c.820 §§18,25; 2017 c.442 §35; 2019 c.430 §6]

Note: The amendments to 163.479 (Unlawful contact with a child) by section 10, chapter 430, Oregon Laws 2019, become operative January 1, 2022. See section 21, chapter 430, Oregon Laws 2019. The text that is operative on and after January 1, 2022, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

163.479 (Unlawful contact with a child). (1) A person commits the crime of unlawful contact with a child if the person:

(a)(A) Has been designated a sexually violent dangerous offender under ORS 137.765 (Sexually violent dangerous offenders);

(B) Has been classified as a level three sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (3);

(C) Has been sentenced as a dangerous offender under ORS 161.725 (Standards for sentencing of dangerous offenders) upon conviction of a sex crime; or

(D) Has been given a similar designation or been sentenced under a similar law of another jurisdiction; and

(b) Knowingly contacts a child with the intent to commit a crime or for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of the person or another person.

(2) As used in this section:

(a) “Child” means a person under 18 years of age.

(b) “Contact” means to communicate in any manner.

(c) “Sex crime” has the meaning given that term in ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235).

(3) Unlawful contact with a child is a Class C felony.

Note: See second note under 163.476 (Unlawfully being in a location where children regularly congregate).

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1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
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