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US v. Douglas, No. 09-4955

By FindLaw Staff on November 23, 2010 10:46 PM

Child Pornography Conviction Affirmed

In US v. Douglas, No. 09-4955, the court affirmed defendant's convictions for enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and knowingly transporting an image of child pornography in interstate commerce, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that a defendant may commit criminal enticement pursuant to 18 U.S.C. section 2422(b) by communicating with an adult guardian of a minor.

 

As the court wrote:  "Defendant-Appellant Thomas Douglas IV appeals from a judgment of conviction, entered on November 24, 2009 in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Sessions, C.J.), following a jury trial, of one count of attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and one count of knowingly transporting an image of child pornography in interstate commerce. This appeal presents the question whether the district court erred in concluding that a defendant may commit criminal enticement pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b) by communicating with an adult guardian of a minor."

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