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Minor Solicitation Virginia Eliciting Testimony Criminal Intent Lawyers Wythe County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Eliciting Testimony Criminal Intent Lawyers Wythe County

Andrews v. Commonwealth
Facts:

Defendant challenged a judgment of the Circuit Court of Wythe County (Virginia), which convicted him of computer solicitation of a minor in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-374.3 and attempted indecent liberties with a minor in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-370.

Minor Solicitation Virginia Eliciting Testimony Criminal Intent Lawyers Wythe County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Eliciting Testimony Criminal Intent Lawyers

Issue:
  • Whether the defendant can be convicted for computer solicitation of a minor?
Discussions:

Defendant argued the trial court erred in precluding him from eliciting testimony from witnesses that after he showed them a photograph of the victim he believed he was chatting with on the internet, they told him that the victim was likely in her mid-twenties. He contended that that testimony would have shown he lacked the requisite criminal intent. The court of appeals held that assuming without deciding that the trial court erred in precluding defendant from inquiring of his three witnesses what they said concerning the victim’s age, any error was harmless because defendant told the police after his arrest that he believed the victim was only fourteen to fifteen years old. That evidence plainly rebutted any inference that defendant thought he was pursuing an adult. Given defendant admission that he thought the victim could have been fourteen, along with repeated references during internet chats to the victim’s age of thirteen, any error did not affect the jury verdict.

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