United States v. Carter, No. 13-13518 (11th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for one count of travel in foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in a "sexual act" with a minor; four counts of travel in foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in "illicit sexual conduct" with a minor; and one count of attempting to travel in foreign commerce for the same later purpose. The court concluded that the district court did not err in denying defendant's motions for judgment of acquittal on Count One. That defendant committed a sexual act in a particular jurisdiction is not an element of the offense. The district court did not err in its jury instructions regarding Counts One through Five where the instructions were legally correct and its phrasing did not constitute an abuse of discretion, much less reversible error. The district court did not err in denying defendant's motions to take five foreign witness depositions during the trial; the district court did not err in admitting Exhibit 105, a partially-redacted State Department Cable reporting defendant's 1990 arrest in Cairo, Egypt, for alleged child molestation; and the court rejected defendant's remaining arguments. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.