Illinois Patronizing a Prostitute

The Law – 720 ILCS 5/11-18

A person commits the offense of Patronizing a Prostitute when they knowingly perform any of the following acts with a person not his or her spouse:

  1. Engages in an act of sexual penetration with a prostitute
  2. Enters or remains in a place of prostitution with the intent to engage in an act of sexual penetration
  3. Engages in any touching or fondling with a prostitute of the sex organs of one person by the other person, with the intent to achieve sexual arousal or gratification.

As often is the case with sex offenses in Illinois, whether or not a specific act constitutes a crime depends heavily on the definition of words used in the law. Under Illinois law, sexual penetration is defined as any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of one person and an object or the sex organ, mouth, or anus of another person, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of one person or of any animal or object into the sex organ or anus of another person.

In addition to banning any sexual penetration or contact for sexual gratification, the Patronizing a Prostitute law prohibits an individual entering any place of prostitution or remaining in any place of prostitution, even if he or she does not engage in any type of sexual conduct, so long as the entrance or presence is coupled with the intent to engage in sexual conduct.

 

The SentenceCLASS 4 FELONY

- 1 to 3 years in state prison

- Fine of up to $25,000

Probation Possible? Yes.

Supervision Possible? No.

CLASS 3 FELONY IF:

  • Committed within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Second or subsequent offense
  • Previously convicted of:
    • Prostitution
    • Solicitation of a Sexual Act
    • Promoting Prostitution
    • Promoting Juvenile Prostitution
    • Soliciting for a Prostitute
    • Keeping a Place of Juvenile Prostitution
    • Patronizing a Juvenile Prostitute
    • Pimping
    • Juvenile Pimping/Aggravated Juvenile Pimping
    • Exploitation of a Child

- 2 to 5 years in state prison

- Fine of up to $25,000

Probation Possible? Yes.

Supervision Possible? No.

Sex Offender Registration Requirement? Yes, if the victim is under the age of 18.

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