Ala. appeals court overturns computer conviction
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the conviction of a man who authorities say tried to solicit a 15-year-old girl online for sexual acts.
The person Randy Lynn Tennyson was communicating with in 2006 was actually a male Demopolis police detective. The appeals court ruled that he shouldn't have been convicted because the detective was not a child.
The Alabama Legislature changed the law in 2009 to require only that suspects believe they are communicating with a child. But the court ruled the old law was in effect when Tennyson was arrested.
Tennyson was sentenced to seven years in prison.