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People v. Shapiro, G048132

Defendant's conviction of violating Penal Code section 288.3(a), which prohibits contacting a minor for the purpose of committing various crimes, including, as alleged here, sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18 years, arising out of his Internet chat room interactions with the victim, is affirmed, where: 1) defendant's seduction of the victim under false pretenses, together with his repeated suggestions that she masturbate, satisfied the statutory elements of intending to participate in causing sexual penetration; 2) even if the victim was an adult for purposes of applying Indiana law where the victim was located, she was a minor for purposes of applying California law, where defendant was located; and 3) defendant's constitutional challenges to the validity of section 288.3 and his conviction in particular fail.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/23/2014
  • Published 07/23/2014

Judges

  • IKOLA

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

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