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State v. Nations

Missouri Court of Appeals of the Eastern District
676 S.W.2d 282 (1984)


Facts

Police observed a young girl dancing for tips at a club owned by Sandra Nations (defendant). Upon questioning, Nations said she had checked the girl’s identification when she hired her that day, and that the girl was not underage. The police also questioned the girl. She had no identification and ultimately revealed she was sixteen. Nations was charged with endangering the welfare of a child younger than seventeen-years-old. The relevant criminal statute requires the State (plaintiff) to prove the defendant knew that the girl was underage. The jury convicted Nations for the crime charged.

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