- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama appeals court has ruled for the first time that a person can be convicted of electronic solicitation of a child even if the person communicated with an adult.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals decided unanimously Friday to uphold the conviction of Kenneth Rosier of Mobile County. The appeals court said this was a first-of-its-kind case in Alabama.

Rosier admitted communicating with a Saraland police officer posing as woman with two young daughters available for sex. Rosier contended the case should be dismissed because he was communicating with an adult. The appeals court said Rosier was properly convicted because he attempted to commit electronic solicitation of a child, including going to a residence to meet the fictitious children.

Rosier was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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