Seduction on forest trail or obscene act? Appeals court to decide

, The National Law Journal


The American Civil Liberties Union is backing a man convicted of disorderly conduct charges resulting from an undercover sting. The case will give the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit the opportunity to provide some insight about the reach of the federal disorderly conduct regulation.

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  • johnsenior

    I completely agree with the defense as the behavior displayed by the defendant, given the context, is flirtatious at most. The conduct does not rise to meet the standard of obscene or menacing behavor. A "sting" should be limited to overt and planned actions to break or subvert the law, otherwise you have officers dealing with entrapment and playing God.

  • James Hobson

    Pardon me if I am in error, but if this had been done to a female wouldn't the charge most likely be a "sexual battery" or such? Clearly this was sexual in nature, physical contact was made and consent prior to contact was not communicated. It seems to me that he received a very light charge and senetence.

  • Avon

    Mike Scarcella,
    MUST you tell this story of male crotch-grabbing "in a nutshell" ??
    I recommend a rephrase.

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