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9.24.070. Contributing to the delinquency of minors

            (1)        It is unlawful for any person the age of eighteen (18) years of age or over:

                         (a)        To solicit, request, command, encourage, or intentionally aid or to act with a juvenile in the violation of any federal, state, or local law or municipal ordinance, or to tend to cause children to become or remain delinquent, or to aid, contribute to, or become responsible for the neglect, abuse, or delinquency of any child;

                        (b)        Having a child in his or her legal custody, or under his or her care, or in his or her employment, to willfully abuse or ill-treat, neglect, or abandon such child in any manner likely to cause the child unnecessary suffering or injury to his or her health or morals;

                        (c)        To take away a child from, or wrongfully encourage him or her to leave, the legal or physical custody of any person, agency, or institution in which the child lawfully resides or has been legally placed for the purpose of care, support, education, or adoption, or any person who knowingly detains or harbors a child whom he or she has reasonable grounds to believe has escaped or fled from the custody of any agency or institution in which the child lawfully resides or has run away from his or her parent, guardian, or custodian; or

                        (d)        To provide a child with an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance or to encourage or permit a child to consume an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.

            (2)        It shall not be necessary in order to obtain a conviction under this statute, to establish that the minor had become a delinquent or committed a delinquent act.

            (3)        The terms "child" (or children), "juvenile," and "minor" shall be interchangeable as used in this Section and shall be defined as "a person less than eighteen (18) years of age."

            (4)        Any person eighteen (18) years of age or older who commits any act described in this Section shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 13-21, Amended, 6/20/2013

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