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Minor Solicitation Virginia Felony Criminal Activity Evidence Lawyers Prince William County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Felony Criminal Activity Evidence Lawyers Prince William County

Mathews v. Commonwealth
Facts:

Defendant was convicted, in the Circuit Court of Prince William County (Virginia), of solicitation to commit a felony, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-29, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-371. He appealed, arguing the evidence was insufficient.

Minor Solicitation Virginia Felony Criminal Activity Evidence Lawyers Prince William County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Felony Criminal Activity Evidence Lawyers

Issue:
  • Whether evidence was sufficient to allow a rational juror to find beyond a reasonable doubt that he had done more than express a desire to engage in criminal activity?
Discussions:

Defendant, in his car, approached a 14 year-old girl who was walking along a road. He asked her to have oral sex with him. She refused. He asked her if she wanted a ride, which she also refused, then ordered her to get into his car, which she would not do. Eventually she reached her house, and when her mother appeared, defendant drove away. Solicitation could consist of a course of conduct, intended to induce another to act, that continued over an extended period. The act defendant solicited the victim to commit was a class six felony, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-361(A). Defendant was doing more than merely expressing a desire for oral sex, especially when he continued to insist after her refusal and ordered her to get into his car. By soliciting a minor to commit a felony, defendant also encouraged an act which would render her a delinquent, thereby contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Defendant’s conviction was affirmed because the evidence was sufficient to allow a rational juror to find beyond a reasonable doubt that he had done more than express a desire to engage in criminal activity, but had actively encouraged the victim to engage in such activity.

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