Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert Witness Testimony Went Too Far, Defendant Awarded New Trial

I rarely discuss out of state appellate decisions, unless the issues involved could be influential in the State of Washington. An appellate case out of California, People v. Cody Julian, is a recent example. It involves an area of psychology called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome. What is Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome? Child Sexual Read More…

Washington to Consider Changes to Sexting Teens and Child Pornography Laws

When laws are hastily written, vague or overly broad, they can do more harm than good.  I have previously written about the criminal sexual offense of Dealing in Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.  That crime is currently defined as any person that “develops, duplicates, publishes, prints, disseminates, exchanges, finances, attempts to Read More…

Court Finds Texts to Pimp Are Not Confidential

Purchasing sex via internet ads rarely turns out the way customers intend.  Often, the experiences have serious legal consequences. In the 2018 case of Mr. Hopper, he was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor.  His criminal case hinged on text messages found on the phone of an underage prostitute’s pimp. Hopper searched “Backpage.com” (which Read More…