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The range, scope, and prevalence of sex technology in 2015 makes the AOL chatrooms of 1997 seem quaint.

However, that same anonymity could put someone in the position of engaging in sexually suggestive emails or texts with someone who could turn out to be an undercover police detective or FBI agent.

Chat rooms are frequently used by people acting out their sexual fantasies under what they believe to be the safety afforded to them by the anonymity of the Internet.

The law in Texas removes the fantasy angle from possible defenses that a person charged with committing a cybersex crime might raise.

Every conversation was different, but each began the same way. If they were older, they'd disappear keenly aware that being seen in a chat room with a child wasn't a good look.

I would say, "Hello." And a strange somewhere across the world would respond, "a/s/l/? As an adult, I'm aware that while I was in AOL chats to talk about pop culture, a large chunk of the folks were just looking for digital hook-ups.

When all of the participants are adults, the use of a chat room to exchange sexually explicit messages or to arrange meetings is usually not illegal, but problems arise when one of the chat room participants is a minor.

A minor under the Texas Penal Code is anyone under 17 years of age.

Solicitation of a minor over the Internet is a felony in the third degree in Texas if the victim is less than 17 years of age but older than 14.