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Solicitation Virginia Computer Minor Registration Listed Offense Attorneys Orange County

Solicitation Virginia Computer Minor Registration Listed Offense Attorneys Orange County

Adams v. Commonwealth
Facts:

The Circuit Court of Orange County (Virginia) convicted defendant of five charges of computer solicitation for sex with a minor, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-374.3(B). As part of his sentence, defendant was required to register as a sex offender, pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 9.1-902(A)(2). Defendant appealed.

Solicitation Virginia Computer Minor Registration Listed Offense Attorneys Orange County

Solicitation Virginia Computer Minor Registration Listed Offense Attorneys

Issue:
  • Whether the offender is subjected to registration?
Discussions:

On five occasions, defendant used his computer to solicit sex with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The person with whom defendant corresponded on the Internet was, in fact, an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. Defendant argued that the trial court erred by imposing the registration requirement because his solicitations were not directed to an actual minor, but rather to an undercover police officer posing as a minor. The appellate court disagreed. Computer solicitation for sex with a minor, as a listed offense, fell expressly within the evil contemplated by the Crimes Against Minors Registry Act (Act), Va. Code Ann. §§ 9.1-900 to 9.1-920, and therefore those who were convicted of the offense were among the offenders subject to the Act’s registration requirement, which sought to “correct the evil”-sex offenses targeted against children, among other offenses and victims addressed under the Act. As such, it was of no moment that in the commission of this sexual solicitation offense that defendant’s target was in reality an undercover law-enforcement officer, an extraneous circumstance unknown to the defendant and beyond his control.

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