Appeals court tosses conviction in child sex photo case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a Maryland man who photographed himself and a 7-year-old neighbor having sex.

Anthony Palomino-Coronado was sentenced to 30 years after being convicted of persuading a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of photographing or filming that conduct.

According to evidence at his trial, Palomino-Coronado used his cellphone to take a single picture of the sex act in his basement in Laurel in 2012. Palomino-Coronado, who was 19 at the time, deleted the picture, but the image was recovered by authorities.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that even though Palomino-Coronado took a picture, there was insufficient evidence that obtaining a photo was the reason he had sex with the child.

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