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Criminal Law: Sexual Abuse-Text Message Evidence-Intent

Where a defendant in a case involving the sexual abuse of a minor challenged the district court’s reliance on text message conversations to show his intent to engage in sexual acts with the minor when he crossed the state line, the tone of the messages showed that the sexual activity was a motivating reason for the trips, and there was an absence of evidence supporting a finding that he had a different predominate purpose for the trips, so the judgment is affirmed.

Judgment is affirmed.

U.S. v. Perkins (MLW No. 74472/Case No. 18-2872 – 7 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Grasz, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, Harpool, J. (Jason Korner, Clayton, argued for appellant) (Ami Harshad Patel Miller, Springfield, argued for appellee).