Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Notice of TV Appearance, Plus a Primer on the Age of Consent


I was on television at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. this evening, speaking to KTVA Channel 11 in Anchorage about the allegations in ex-State Rep. Pete Kott's new pleading regarding the federal government's relationship with Bill Allen in terms of the long-time VECO CEO's alleged sexual offenses with underage girls. I can't find any video on the station's Website, but you can read a print version of reporter Matt Felling's story at http://www.ktva.com/ci_13445726 on the Internet.

Note that the story references a crime occurring when underage girls are transported across state lines, and that act is criminal under the Mann Act in federal law if such transportation is for the purposes of prostitution. Unlike Alaska state law--which with some exceptions establishes 16 as the age of consent--this provision of the Mann Act defines minors as those who are under 18. You can find the relevant provision of the Mann Act at 18 USC Sec. 2423(a); the Alaska statutes on sexual abuse of minors are set out at AS 11.41.434 through 11.41.440.

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