PHOENIX — An appellate court says Arizona law doesn’t require that there be an actual child victim for a person to be convicted of solicitation to commit child molestation.
A divided three-judge Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday that it was enough that a defendant had solicited a postal inspector posing as a parent offering to make two children available for sex acts.
The majority’s ruling says the act of solicitation was complete when Dale Allen Wright asked the postal inspector to allow him to engage in sexual conduct with children.
A dissenting judge disagreed, saying Wright’s criminal convictions lacked a factual basis because they didn’t involve real children.
Wright was convicted in 1992 but his convictions became an issue more recently in probation revocation proceedings in Maricopa County Superior Court.