A man from California was charged with a felony sex offense against a child for exposing himself on the internet to an undercover officer here in St. Louis. He was extradited to Missouri and faced a possible felony conviction, prison time, and lifetime sex offender registration.
Mr. Muhlenkamp deposed the undercover police officer that posed as the “child” and was able to prove that the picture used in the investigation was not actually a child. In fact, the police had no idea how old the person in the picture was and they were not able to provide any verification of the age of the alleged “child” at all. In light of the weaknesses Mr. Muhlenkamp exposed, the State agreed to amend the charge to a non-registerable misdemeanor. The potential felony conviction, prison time, and lifetime sex offender registration were taken off the table entirely.
May 21, 2015