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Hix v. Commonwealth

270 Va. 335, 619 S.E.2d 80 (2005)

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Hix v. Commonwealth

Virginia Supreme Court

270 Va. 335, 619 S.E.2d 80 (2005)

Facts

Thomas Edward Hix (defendant) repeatedly engaged in salacious online computer conversations with a police agent who represented himself as a 13-year-old girl. Hix and his online correspondent arranged to meet in person. Police officers arrested Hix when he arrived at the designated rendezvous location. Hix gave various explanations for arranging to meet his correspondent, some of which were more innocent than others. The Commonwealth of Virginia (plaintiff) successfully prosecuted Hix for attempted indecency with a minor. An appellate court upheld Hix's conviction. Hix appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court, where he contended it was impossible to commit an indecency with a fictitious minor.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Agee, J.)

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