United States v. Purnell

Parma, Ohio man engages in commercial sex transactions with young woman who advertises herself online as 19. Yikes! She’s 14. Jury: Which he knew or should’ve known. Judge: So that’s 17 years in prison for sex trafficking. Sixth Circuit: If you charge someone with one crime and then at trial present evidence and jury instructions that reflect a different crime, that’s a problem—and our circuit has been less than clear about when it requires a new trial. But that’s not a problem in this case. Conviction affirmed.

Tags: 2018, Criminal Sexual Activity, Sex Trafficking, Sixth Circuit

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