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(A) No person shall send messages or use language or terms which are obscene, lewd or immoral with intent to offend by means of or while using a telephone or telegraph facilities, equipment or wires of any person, firm or corporation engaged in the transmission of news or messages between states or within the state of Illinois. The use of language or terms which are obscene, lewd or immoral is prima facie evidence of the intent to offend.
(B) A person commits the offense of harassment by telephone when he uses a telephone communication for any of the following purposes:
1. Making any comment, request, suggestion or proposal which is obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy or indecent with an intent to offend; or
2. Making a telephone call, whether or not conversation ensues, with intent to abuse, threaten or harass any person at the called number; or
3. Making or causing the telephone of another repeatedly to ring, with intent to harass any person at the called number; or
4. Making repeated telephone calls, during which conversation ensues, solely to harass any person at the called number; or
5. Knowingly permitting any telephone under one's control to be used for any of the purposes mentioned herein.
(C) A person commits harassment through electronic communications when he or she uses electronic communication for any of the following purposes:
1. Making any comment, request, suggestion or proposal which is obscene with an intent to offend; or
2. Interrupting, with the intent to harass, the telephone service or the electronic communication service of any person; or
3. Transmitting to any person, with the intent to harass and regardless of whether the communication is read in its entirety or at all, any file, document, or other communication which prevents that person from using his or her telephone service or electronic communications device; or
4. Transmitting an electronic communication or knowingly inducing a person to transmit an electronic communication for the purpose of harassing another person who is under thirteen (13) years of age, regardless of whether the person under thirteen (13) years of age consents to the harassment, if the defendant is at least sixteen (16) years of age at the time of the commission of the offense; or
5. Threatening injury to the person or to the property of the person to whom an electronic communication is directed or to any of his or her family or household members; or
6. Knowingly permitting any electronic communications device to be used for any of the purposes mentioned in this subsection (C). (Ord. 14-13, 8-26-2014)