United States v. Engle, No. 10-4850 (4th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of one count of sexual exploitation of a minor (Count 1), three counts of attempted enticement of a minor (Counts 6-8), and nine counts of witness tampering (Counts 3-5 and 9-14). Defendant subsequently appealed his convictions and sentence. The court held that defendant's claim for improper venue was without merit where defendant conducted at least some of his activity from the Eastern District of Virginia; the evidence was sufficient to support his convictions on Counts 6-8; and the district court did not err by denying defendant the right of a meaningful allocution before pronouncing sentence. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.