A Mission Hills, Kansas, attorney whose federal conviction on child enticement charges was thrown out by a federal judge now faces a new enticement charge. Jan Helder is accused of using the Internet to entice someone he thought was a minor. The individual he thought was a minor was actually an undercover Platte County sheriff’s deputy. Earlier this week a jury convicted Helder. But a federal judge overturned the verdict, agreeing with the defense that breaking the law requires the actual enticing of a minor – not the enticing of someone pretending to be a minor. The Platte County Prosecutor has filed a state charge against Helder, saying the federal loophole does not exist under Missouri state law. Meanwhile, the federal ruling is being appealed.
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