Man loses bid to have enticement conviction dumped

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM

BOISE -- An Idaho man lost an appeal of his 2010 Internet enticement conviction after judges decided there was enough evidence convict him even if he never arranged a meeting with his alleged victim to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

In 2009, Bruce E. Reed of Boise was caught in an Internet sting, in which the supposedly 15-year-old girl he was communicating with was really a detective.

The then-26-year-old was found guilty of enticing a minor over the Internet and sentenced to at least two years in prison.

He challenged the jury's guilty verdict to Idaho's Court of Appeals, arguing a conviction required "more than just chatting online" with a minor in a sexual manner.

But the judges ruled unanimously there was plenty of evidence to convict him.

Reed's since been paroled.

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