The man had every intention to have sex with minors, and attempted to arrange it, which is a deplorable act and it is illegal in this country. He committed a crime, and deserves to serve time for it. Hopefully his time in jail will bring him to repentance. Yes he a comitted a crime of attempted solicitation with intent. However where was the attempted rape though, he didn't attempt rape on anybody and further if there were minors that showed up, whose to say he wouldn't have done anything at all?
Words mean alot in cases such as this.
Lets break this down. I apologize it it's too graphic, but I'll make every attempt to keep it suitable.
Bob has an interest in and underage girl. Bob talks to her in the Internet and invites her over. The police are called by the girls parents and when they arrive at Bobs house they find lemonade he promised spiked with a narcotic which would render the girl defenseless and two glasses filled with the drink, only one with the narcotic. What do you charge Bob with?
Things to consider:
He didnt actually give it to her (what if the girl was actually officer Stan on the Internet?)
He had every intention, and admitted, he was going to engage in illegal sexual conduct with the girl.
He made preparations to commit the crime.
He went out of his way to find the girl and seduce her.
He knew she was under age and unable to provide legal consent.
Depending on email and chat room traffic, he may have attempted to elude LE and parents in his discussions.
There are others, so what should he be charged with? According to some here, it sounds as if perhaps possession of a controlled substance and only the if he didn't have a prescription.
Let me ask you something else. Can a husband rape his wife? If you say yes, what constitutes the rape? If you say no, why?