United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
312 F.3d 419 (9th Cir. 2002)
Neil (defendant), a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, worked on a cruise ship that left from and returned to an American port. While on the ship, in Mexican waters, Neil engaged in sexual contact with a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2244(a)(3). The statute specifically applied to “the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States,” The victim was an American citizen. After the incident, the victim underwent counseling and was forced to miss school. Neil was indicted by a grand jury. Neil filed a motion to dismiss the charge on the ground that the district court lacked jurisdiction. The district court denied the motion and convicted Neil. Neil appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fletcher, J.)
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