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Corruption of Minors Charges Dismissed

Posted on November 19th, 2012

Three Counts of Corruption of Minors Charges were dismissed in a Philadelphia area Jury Trial at the Delaware County Courthouse after a relentless defense by our law offices.  The Corruption of Minors charges were part of a larger indictment of Seven (7) charges which were all dismissed after the alleged victims’s testimony was stricken and our client was acquitted.

Corruption of Minors charges are serious and the client would have likely faced a sentence including significant incarceration if he was found guilty.

§ 6301. Corruption of minors.

(a) Offense defined.

(1)  Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards,

by any act corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any

minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices

or encourages any such minor in the commission of any crime,

or who knowingly assists or encourages such minor in

violating his or her parole or any order of court, commits a

misdemeanor of the first degree.

(2)  Any person who knowingly aids, abets, entices or

encourages a minor younger than 18 years of age to commit

truancy commits a summary offense. Any person who violates

this paragraph within one year of the date of a first

conviction under this section commits a misdemeanor of the

third degree. A conviction under this paragraph shall not,

however, constitute a prohibition under section 6105

(relating to persons not to possess, use, manufacture,

control, sell or transfer firearms).

(b) Adjudication of delinquency unnecessary.–A conviction

under the provisions of this section may be had whether or not

the jurisdiction of any juvenile court has attached or shall

thereafter attach to such minor or whether or not such minor has

been adjudicated a delinquent or shall thereafter be adjudicated

a delinquent.

(c) Presumptions.–In trials and hearings upon charges of

violating the provisions of this section, knowledge of the

minor’s age and of the court’s orders and decrees concerning

such minor shall be presumed in the absence of proof to the

contrary.

(d) Mistake as to age.

(1)  Whenever in this section the criminality of conduct

depends upon the corruption of a minor whose actual age is

under 16 years, it is no defense that the actor did not know

the age of the minor or reasonably believed the minor to be

older than 18 years.

(2)  Whenever in this section the criminality of conduct

depends upon the corruption of a minor whose actual age is 16

years or more but less than 18 years, it is a defense for the

actor to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he

reasonably believed the minor to be 18 years or older.

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