Legal Loophole Used To Free Online Pedophile
from the not-good dept
The common way that police catch online pedophiles is to simply go into chat rooms and pretend to be under-aged girls. Apparently, the method works well. However, a federal court in Kansas City may put a damper on this method, as it’s thrown out one such case on the grounds that the accused didn’t actually commit a crime. While the Inquirer suggests the method used is “entrapment” and therefore illegal, that’s not the case at all (the definition of entrapment should clear up why). However, it wasn’t the entrapment defense that the guy used. Instead, he pointed out that, since the agent he was chatting up wasn’t actually under-age (even if he believed s/he was), then he technically did not break any federal law. Of course, this is more of a loophole argument — and if the ruling stands (and, of course, it’s being appealed), then you can bet that politicians will quickly move, legitimately, to close this loophole.