It must also be done under the belief that the person to whom the communication is being made is a minor.
The range, scope, and prevalence of sex technology in 2015 makes the AOL chatrooms of 1997 seem quaint.
Snapchat, Tinder, and even Facebook double as social networks, dating platforms, and subtle messaging systems for sexual missives.
My earliest memories of the internet are set in AOL chat rooms.
I spent the summer of 1998 in chats about video games, the James Bond series, major league baseball, and whatever else interested my 10-year-old mind. "I am 13," I'd explain, "Male, and from Missouri." If the stranger was my age, or claimed to be, the conversation would continue.
When an adult enters an online chat room to communicate in a sexually explicit manner with a minor, it might not be a criminal offense.
The law requires that the communication by the adult must be done intentionally and for purposes of sexual arousal or gratification.
College Humor has released a suggestive "instructional video" that tries to help explain how to use Google Wave (and mocks it) with a demonstration of Google Wave cyber sex.
"Mark" and "Casey" are two people posing as "senior developers at Google Wave." Mark and Casey create a new "Wave," and Mark asks Casey, "A/S/L" while Casey demonstrates how others can watch you type, delete and retype as she lies about her age.
This week, I invited sex tech consultant Lux Alpatrum to explain the culture around digital sex, and how technology is influencing intimacy. on i Tunes, listen on Sound Cloud, or subscribe via RSS. You can also find the entire collection of What's Tech?
*See video below* Google Wave, the collaborative communications tool Google predicted would 'kill' email and revolutionize the way we chat online, hasn't yet been a smash hit among users, many of whom find Wave to be overly complex.
Individuals charged under cybersex laws may be at a disadvantage due to the resources committing by the government.