Jeff Dean stated that his client had merely communicated with someone who appeared to be over 20 years of age, and who intentionally misrepresented his age.
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) April 08, 2014
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a St. Paul man found guilty in 2012 for having cybersex with a 15-year-old boy, ruling that it was possible the man thought the boy was of legal age to exchange sexual messages and pictures. Minneapolis attorney Jeff Dean successfully argued that the evidence did not prove his client was aware of the boy’s real age.
Dean's client was prosecuted under a state law that makes communicating sexually explicit materials to children below 16 years of age via the Internet a felony.
When a Ramsey County judge found him guilty, Dean appealed on grounds that there was insufficient evidence to convict as a matter of law.
The appeal succeeded. The Court of Appeals agreed with attorney Jeff Dean, stating that state prosecutors had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the man knew of the boy’s age. Jeff Dean, head of Minnesota’s Jeffrey Dean Law Office, stated that his client had merely communicated with someone who appeared to be over 20 years of age, and who intentionally misrepresented his age.
As one of Minnesota’s most experienced and respected criminal defense lawyers, Jeff Dean is widely known for winning tough cases involving allegations of sex crimes, and has won criminal cases ranging from DWI and drug crimes to assault and homicide.
Criminal defense attorney Jeff Dean can be reached at (612) 305-4360, or visit http://www.jeffdeanlaw.com