The state aggressively prosecutes Soliciting a Child for Unlawful Sex charges in Florida and metes out harsh penalties. According to Florida Statute 847.0135, using a computer or cell phone to try to engage children in sexual behavior is a third-degree felony. Any attempt to solicit underage sexual encounters made online, through social media or text messaging or other electronic means violates the law, even though there may have been no actual contact. The solicitation attempt alone is a crime. Attempting to solicit the parent or guardian of a child (or someone the suspect believes to be a child) to allow a child to engage in sexual behavior is also a third-degree felony.