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Prosescutors claims in enticement conviction motion

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 3/19/2014 3:07 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Federal prosecutors say the conviction of a Saltillo man for enticement of a child should stand.

Garry Waddle, 66, was found guilty following a jury trial in February to one count of enticement of a child.

Authorities say he had driven to Tupelo on April 9, 2013 to meet a 15-year-old for sex.

The arrest was part of an undercover internet sex crime sting.

Waddle claimed evidence presented at his trial didn't support the conviction, was contrary to law and was based on bias by the jury.

Waddle claims the personal ad he answered was placed on a website where age verification was required to prove a person was at least 18 years old.

Prosecutors in their response say the ad was placed on Craigslist and within 10 minutes of Waddle making contact, the age of 15 was mentioned during the conversation.

They say Waddle continued to engage in sexually frank conversation with the person who mentioned on two other occasions they were 15 and constantly told Waddle they were in high school.

The court document says the facts presented would lead a jury to their verdict.

Waddle is currently free on a $5,000 bond awaiting sentencing.
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