2010 Illinois Code
CHAPTER 720 CRIMINAL OFFENSES
720 ILCS 150/ Wrongs to Children Act.

    (720 ILCS 150/0.01) (from Ch. 23, par. 2350)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Wrongs to Children Act.
(Source: P.A. 86‑1324.)

    (720 ILCS 150/1) (from Ch. 23, par. 2351)
    Sec. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person having the care, custody or control of any child under the age of fourteen years, to exhibit, use or employ, or in any manner, or under any pretense, sell, apprentice, give away, let out, or otherwise dispose of any such child to any person in or for the vocation or occupation, service or purpose of singing, playing on musical instruments, rope or wire walking, dancing, begging, or peddling, or as a gymnast, contortionist, rider or acrobat in any place whatsoever, or for any obscene, indecent or immoral purpose, exhibition or practice whatsoever, or for, or in any business, exhibition or vocation injurious to the health or dangerous to the life or limb of such child, or cause, procure or encourage any such child to engage therein. Nothing in this section contained shall apply to or affect the employment or use of any such child as a singer or musician in any church, school or academy (or at any respectable entertainment), or the teaching or learning the science or practice of music.
(Source: Laws 1877, p. 90.)

    (720 ILCS 150/2) (from Ch. 23, par. 2352)
    Sec. 2. It shall also be unlawful for any person to take, receive, hire, employ, use, exhibit, or have in custody any child under the age and for the purposes prohibited in the first section of this act.
(Source: Laws 1877, p. 90.)

    (720 ILCS 150/3) (from Ch. 23, par. 2353)
    Sec. 3.
    When upon examination before any court it appears that any child within the age previously mentioned in this Act was engaged or used for or in any business, exhibition, vocation, or purpose prohibited in this Act; and when upon the conviction of any person of a criminal assault upon a child in his custody, the court before whom such conviction is had, shall deem it desirable for the welfare of such child, that the person so convicted should be deprived of its custody; thereafter such child shall be deemed to be in the custody of court, and such court may in its discretion, make such order as to the custody thereof as now is, or hereafter may be, provided by law in cases of vagrant, truant, disorderly, pauper, or destitute children.
(Source: P. A. 77‑1274.)

    (720 ILCS 150/3.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 2353.1)
    Sec. 3.1. No agency of the State or unit of local government shall require a single parent or other person having the care, custody or control of any child under the age of 6 to accept employment that would unreasonably interfere with such responsibilities to the child. It is unlawful for any person acting under color of law to require or to attempt to require such employment of a parent or other person having the care, custody or control of such a child.
(Source: P.A. 80‑860.)

    (720 ILCS 150/4) (from Ch. 23, par. 2354)
    Sec. 4. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88‑479.)

    (720 ILCS 150/4.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 2354.1)
    Sec. 4.1. It is unlawful for any school bus driver to wilfully abandon the school bus while it contains any children who are without other adult supervision, except in an emergency where the driver is seeking help or otherwise acting in the best interests of the children.
(Source: P.A. 87‑526.)

    (720 ILCS 150/5) (from Ch. 23, par. 2355)
    Sec. 5. Any person convicted under the provisions of the preceding sections, shall for the first offense be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor; and for a second or any subsequent offense shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P. A. 77‑2346.)

    (720 ILCS 150/5.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 2355.1)
    Sec. 5.1. Permitting sexual abuse of a child.
    (a) A person responsible for a child's welfare commits the offense of permitting sexual abuse of a child if he or she has actual knowledge of and permits an act of sexual abuse upon the child, or permits the child to engage in prostitution as defined in Section 11‑14 of the Criminal Code of 1961.
    (b) In this Section:
    "Child" means a minor under the age of 17 years.
    "Person responsible for the child's welfare" means the child's parent, step‑parent, legal guardian, or other person having custody of a child, who is responsible for the child's care at the time of the alleged sexual abuse.
    "Sexual abuse" includes criminal sexual abuse or criminal sexual assault as defined in Section 12‑13, 12‑14, 12‑14.1, 12‑15, or 12‑16 of the Criminal Code of 1961.
    "Prostitution" means prostitution as defined in Section 11‑14 of the Criminal Code of 1961.
    "Actual knowledge" includes credible allegations made by the child.
    (c) This Section does not apply to a person responsible for the child's welfare who, having reason to believe that sexual abuse has occurred, makes timely and reasonable efforts to stop the sexual abuse by reporting the sexual abuse in conformance with the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act or by reporting the sexual abuse, or causing a report to be made, to medical or law enforcement authorities or anyone who is a mandated reporter under Section 4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
    (d) Whenever a law enforcement officer has reason to believe that the child or the person responsible for the child's welfare has been abused by a family or household member as defined by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, the officer shall immediately use all reasonable means to prevent further abuse under Section 112A‑30 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963.
    (e) An order of protection under Section 111‑8 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 shall be sought in all cases where there is reason to believe that a child has been sexually abused by a family or household member. In considering appropriate available remedies, it shall be presumed that awarding physical care or custody to the abuser is not in the child's best interest.
    (f) A person may not be charged with the offense of permitting sexual abuse of a child under this Section until the person who committed the offense is charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or prostitution.
    (g) A person convicted of permitting the sexual abuse of a child is guilty of a Class 1 felony. As a condition of any sentence of supervision, probation, conditional discharge, or mandatory supervised release, any person convicted under this Section shall be ordered to undergo child sexual abuse, domestic violence, or other appropriate counseling for a specified duration with a qualified social or mental health worker.
    (h) It is an affirmative defense to a charge of permitting sexual abuse of a child under this Section that the person responsible for the child's welfare had a reasonable apprehension that timely action to stop the abuse or prostitution would result in the imminent infliction of death, great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement, or permanent disability to that person or another in retaliation for reporting.
(Source: P.A. 91‑696, eff. 4‑13‑00; 92‑827, eff. 8‑22‑02.)

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