United States v. Saldana-Rivera, No. 17-1262 (1st Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed Defendant’s conviction of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity for which Defendant could be charged with sexual assault under the laws of Puerto Rico, holding that the evidence was sufficient to support the conviction and that Defendant could not prevail on his challenges to the jury instructions.
At issue on appeal was whether Defendant could be charged with sexual assault under Puerto Rico law when the person he tried to entice was an adult federal agent posing as a minor. The First Circuit held (1) because Defendant was clearly attempting to have sex with a child, he was plainly violating Puerto Rico law; and (2) Defendant’s challenges to the jury instructions failed.