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Amory man aquitted for child enticement charges

Reported by: Kristen Wilson
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Updated: 1/15 12:41 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal jury found an Amory man innocent of charges he attempted to entice a minor for sexual purposes.

The attorney for Christopher Pickle, 30, says a jury returned the not guilty verdict following a two day trial in Oxford.

Pickle was arrested in April of 2013 by Tupelo police as part of a undercover online-sting operation.

Pickle's attorney, Christopher Kitchens, says his client did receive text messages and had phone conversations with a female, but never believed the person was actually a minor.

He says Pickle did travel to Tupelo to meet the person despite his reservations.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in August, but later withdrew the plea claiming entrapment by law officers and saying he was a war veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

He says they were allowed to use entrapment during the jury instructions and Pickle testified about the PTSD during testimony during the trial.

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