He was caught fondling himself in front of a webcam for who he thought to be a thirteen-year-old girl, but turned out to be an undercover officer. First, in order for “Ashley” to view his web-cam, Cochran had to send her an electronic webcam invitation, which he did. Bella, Philip Benson (argued), Office of United States Attorney, Hammond, IN, for Plaintiff-Appellee. Bosch (argued), Bosch & Dedelow, Highland, IN, for Defendant-Appellant. Cochran was arrested as part of an on-line sex chat room sting. It was Cochran's idea to use a webcam during their chats, and he took various steps to help “Ashley” view the images.A vast network of millions of people with computers has provided, for virtually everyone, a tantalizing new Adventureland in which to experience and express their sexuality.Amazingly, recent studies have shown that more than half of all Internet visits are involved, in one way or another, with sex. There are currently over 100,000 sex-related websites.
This was preceded by various forms of sexual innuendo on Cochran's part, including calling “Ashley” “sweet”, stating that it was so hot that “it even hot running round naked”, and that he liked to play “strip pool.” Later in the chat, after exposing and fondling himself in front of the webcam, Cochran asked “Ashley” if she “liked” what she saw. § 2422(b), which forbids adults from enticing minors to engage in “any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.” Cochran admits to his actions and the evidence against him, but argues that his conduct did not violate the statute under which he was charged and convicted. Six of these seven chats were initiated by Cochran, and ten different times during the course of these conversations, Cochran exposed and fondled his penis in front of a webcam for “Ashley” to see. Background Over the course of several weeks, beginning on July 31, 2006, Cochran had seven separate internet chats with “ashley12_km” (“Ashley”), who in fact was Detective Sergeant Carrie Costello of the Purdue University Police Department, posing online as a thirteen-year-old girl in the eighth grade.If you find yourself caught up on these charges, it's important to put your case in the hands of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.The potential consequences include substantial prison time and lifetime sex offender registration.