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People v. Thousand

241 Mich. App. 102 (2000)

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People v. Thousand

Michigan Court of Appeals

241 Mich. App. 102 (2000)

Facts

As part of an undercover operation, Deputy William Liczbinski posed as a 14-year-old girl named Bekka in Internet chat rooms and began chatting with Christopher Thousand (defendant). Thousand sent Bekka a picture of his penis over the Internet and arranged to meet Bekka at a restaurant. Thousand was arrested upon his arrival and charged with solicitation to commit third-degree criminal sexual assault and attempted distribution of obscene material. Thousand moved to quash evidence and dismiss the case on the ground that the charges against him required the existence of an actual minor as the victim or potential victim. Finding that it was legally impossible for Thousand to have committed or attempted to commit the charged crimes, the trial court granted Thousand’s motion to quash. The prosecution appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sawyer, J.)

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