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Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com. upholding the constitutionality of a statute criminalizing the use of the Internet to facilitate sex with a minor, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld on July 25 the conviction of a Florida man who had arranged to meet an undercover Secret Service agent-posing online as a 13-year-old girl-to engage in oral sex. United States v. Panfil, No. 02-15627. Believing he was chatting online with a 13-year-old, Brian Panfil offered to perform oral sex on the “girl,” and the two arranged to meet in a parking lot the next night. Panfil was arrested when he arrived. He initialed copies of the messages he exchanged online and agreed that nothing led him to believe that the person on the other end of the conversation was anything but a 13-year-old. He was later convicted under 18 U.S.C. 2422(b) for using the Web to persuade a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and sentenced to 33 months in prison. Affirming, the 11th Circuit rejected Panfil’s argument that the statute was unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. The statute did not chill legitimate speech with minors on sexual topics, the court ruled, and the words used in the statute, specifically “entice” and “induce” were terms with plain and ordinary meaning.

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