United States v. Bell, No. 17-6627 (4th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's order finding defendant to be sexually dangerous under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, 18 U.S.C. 4247-4248. The court found no error in the district court's decision to credit the testimony of two experts regarding defendant's sexual dangerousness, and there was no clear error in the district court's other factual findings. The court also held that, although a mental health expert twice declined to reach the conclusion in prior evaluations that defendant was sexually dangerous, she adequately explained why defendant's conduct led her to a different conclusion and the district court did not err in relying on her opinion.