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Criminal Law Keyed to Osler
United States v. Tyson
Defendant contacted a 17-year-old on Facebook to engage her in prostitution. He drove from Pennsylvania to New York to pick up the victim along with her friend and brought them to motel rooms for five days. Phone records show that he contacted individuals to engage the victim in commercial sexual activity. 7 days later, a sting operation captured the victim and a friend. Interviews of the victim produced a video of the victim performing oral sex on an adult male that was identified as the defendant. Defendant was then indicted two months later for knowingly transporting a minor to engage in prostitution and for producing child pornography. The district court found that the mistake of age defense was irrelevant because the statutes do not require knowledge the defendant knew of the age of the victim.
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