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US v. McGuire, 09-1597

Conviction of defendant, once a prominent Jesuit priest, for traveling in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of having sex with a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 2423(b), is affirmed where: 1) if a trip has dual purposes, one licit but intended to bolster an illicit sexual purpose, the sexual purpose is "the" purpose, in a reasonable sense of the word; and 2) the testimony of four other boys, whom he molested, was admissible as evidence of the defendant's modus operandi and it was also admissible under Rules 413 and 414 as evidence of the defendant's previous crimes of sexual assault and child molestation, demonstrating a propensity to commit such crimes.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/09/2010
  • Decided 12/02/2010
  • Published 12/02/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit


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