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August 24, 2009

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Use of an Adult Intermediary for Purposes of Child Pornography Constitutes Attempt under United States Statute

A recent Third Circuit decision set a precedent that using an adult intermediary, to plan sexual encounters with a minor, constitutes attempted enticement of a minor and violates 18 U.S.C. §2422(b). The relevant portion of the statute reads that whoever uses means of interstate commerce to knowingly persuade, induce, entice, or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity that is illegal, or attempts to do so, shall be fined and imprisoned for no less than ten (10) years under statutory guidelines. The decision in United States v. Brian Lee Nestor involved a man (“Nestor”) who placed an...

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September 2, 2008

Former Philadelphia Area Camp Counselor Indicted on Charges of Child Pornography

A former Friends’ Central camp counselor was recently indicted on charges of distributing child pornography. The defendant was under FBI investigation for three months prior to being arrested earlier this month. The FBI used an undercover agent, posing as the mother of a thirteen year old girl, as part of their investigation. In the complaint, it is alleged that the defendant told the agent he had aspirations of becoming a teacher and that his being around little girls would be a “fringe benefit”. The defendant allegedly told authorities that he began looking and naked pictures of...

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August 29, 2008

Man Convicted of Sexual Assault in Philadelphia, Extradited to Idaho to Stand Trial on Additional Charges of Rape

Jeffrey Marsalis, convicted on two-counts of sexual assault by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge last year and sentenced to 10 ½ to 21 years in prison, has been removed from the Forest County Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania and extradited to Blaine County, Idaho to face a third rape trial. Marsalis lived in Philadelphia between 2003 and 2005 where he attended Drexel University. Authorities alleged that during that period, Marsalis drugged and sexually assaulted at least 10 women; most of whom he met through the internet dating site “match.com”. At...

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June 21, 2008

R. KELLY NOT GUILTY IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY TRIAL

Seven hours was all it took for a jury to acquit singer R. Kelly of 14-counts of child pornography, a verdict six-years in the making. Kelly was accused of videotaping a sexual encounter with a female who allegedly was 13-years old at the time. Both Kelly and the now 23-year old victim each denied their alleged participation in the video. Defense attorneys also argued that the man in the video did not have a mole on his back, a feature their client in fact did have. Neither Kelly nor the alleged victim testified during the month-long trial. Relatives of the alleged victim gave...

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June 17, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA OUTLAWS NAKED PICTURES OF MINORS TAKEN BY CAMERA PHONES

Pennsylvania State Police are dealing with a growing problem in today’s society; teens taking pictures of themselves or others involved in sexual acts and transmitting the images to friends via cell phone. The problem has become so extensive that schools have asked for help from the State Police Cyber Crimes Division. Troopers have been dispatched to assist in the finding and destruction of cell phone images at many Pennsylvania school districts, and according to State Trooper Paul Iannace, the problem is draining the division’s already limited resources. The problem exists not only in...

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