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Minor Solicitation Virginia Sodomy Indecent Liberties Attorneys Loudoun County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Sodomy Indecent Liberties Attorneys Loudoun County

Thomas v. Commonwealth
Facts:

Appellant sought review of the decision of the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia, which convicted him of attempting to take indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 and solicitation to commit sodomy, in violation of Va. Code Ann. §§ 18.2-370(5), 18.2-29.

Minor Solicitation Virginia Sodomy Indecent Liberties Attorneys Loudoun County

Minor Solicitation Virginia Sodomy Indecent Liberties Attorneys Loudoun County

Issue:
  • Whether the trial court erred in admitting the statements as party admissions and in finding the evidence sufficient to convict?
Discussions:

At trial, the state introduced internet communications between the 13-year-old victim and, allegedly, appellant. Appellant contended the trial court erred in admitting the statements as party admissions and in finding the evidence sufficient to convict. The appellate court found that external facts verified personal information that were revealed in the internet communications and that there was no evidence to suggest anyone else could impersonate appellant by appropriating his internet alias to communicate with victim. Because messages received over the internet are admissible against the sender if the evidence establishes the identity of the sender and because appellant was so identified, the appellate court ruled that the trial court could admit the statements as admissions by appellant. The appellate court held that appellant’s actions and statements were not just “words alone” and supported a finding beyond a reasonable doubt that he solicited the crime. But for the intervention of police, appellant would have completed the crime; thus he was guilty of the attempted crime.

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