Crime Of Child Enticement And Elements of Grooming

A former employee of KXLY 920 Radio in Spokane, Washington was sentenced to 30 years in prison for child molestation. Kristofer Jon Siebers, 51, of Post Falls, Idaho, was convicted of two counts of lewd conduct with a minor child under 16. The perpetrator will be eligible for parole after 15 years.

The man was arrested during a child molestation and enticement sting operation in August 2023. He was suspected of meeting at least one underage male online and engaging in sexual activity in different locations across Kootenai County. Will Wixey "Post Falls man sentenced to 30 years in prison for child molestation" (Dec. 12, 2023).

Commentary and Checklist

Child enticement occurs when an adult invites, persuades, or attempts to convince a minor to go into a private space so the perpetrator can engage in another crime - sexual contact or sexual assault of a child.

Enticement can occur physically and/or online. Even if there is no physical contact between the defendant and intended victim or they never meet in person, child enticement charges can be brought. In fact, simply asking a minor to engage in sex is enough to file enticement charges.

Online enticement takes place when an adult communicating with someone believed to be a child via the internet with the intention of committing a sexual offense or abduction.

Safe adult who have, or work with, children should be aware of, and watchful for, signs of child enticement. If you suspect child enticement, report the matter to law enforcement or to your local child protection agency. Whether you are designated in your job as a mandatory reporter under your state's statutes or not, all safe adults should report reasonable suspicions of child enticement.

Often enticement involves elements of grooming. Therefore, knowing the signs of grooming can help prevent enticement. Signs of grooming include:

·  A desire to be with children/students or one particular child/student without other adults present

·  Goes to great lengths to build trust with children/students and adults around them

·  Looks for and/or creates opportunities to be with children/students away from parents and other adults

·  Provides gifts, money, or attention to children/students without parent, caregiver, or organization knowledge and/or consent

·  Takes and collects images of children/students not related to them

·  Acts like a child/student and does child-like things to receive attention from children/students

·  Prefers the company of children/students to adults and/or is uncomfortable around adults

·  Wants children/students to view them as preferable over other adults

·  Fixates on one or a few children/students while ignoring others

·  Gives special permissions, such as, increasing grades without merit, allowing students to sleep in class, or allowing children to bend organizational rules

·  Asking a student to stay after class alone without other adults/students present

·  Communicates directly to children/students online or other means without parent, caregiver, and/or employer knowledge

·  Disrespects or demeans parents, caregivers, and other adults to children/students

·  Frequently touches children/students, sexually or otherwise

·  Makes sexual comments or uses sex speak around children/students

·  Makes comments to children/students about their bodies or appearance

·  Views, stores, and shows pornography to minors

·  Provides alcohol or drugs to children/students or permits children/students to abuse alcohol or drugs in their presence

·  Has coercive sexual fantasies

·  Is impulsive and has antisocial tendencies

·  Prefers impersonal sex

·  Is hostile toward women

·  Has a childhood history of sexual or physical abuse

·  Talks about sexual activities regarding children, students, or teens

·  Encourages children/students to keep secrets

·  Requests adult partners to dress or act like a child/student during sex

·  Identifies children/students using sexual slang terms

·  Frequently visits places where children/students are present

·  Loiters in places where children/students are nude, semi-nude or can be viewed without notice, such as, bathrooms and locker rooms


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