Docket No. Crim. 20086.

22 Cal.3d 181 (1978)

583 P.2d 735

148 Cal. Rptr. 881

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. ROBERT BENNETT ATCHISON, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

September 18, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Albert L. Gordon for Defendant and Appellant.

Paul Halvonik, State Public Defender, Charles M. Sevilla, Chief Assistant State Public Defender, Richard A. Curtis, Deputy State Public Defender, and G. Keith Wisot as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Appellant.

Burt Pines, City Attorney, and Shelley I. Rosenfield, Deputy City Attorney, for Plaintiff and Respondent.



Defendant appeals from a municipal court judgment1 that he was guilty of (1) annoying or molesting a child under age 18 (Pen. Code, § 647a), and (2) contributing to the delinquency of a child under age 18 (§ 272). At the trial he testified: "A. I asked him [the alleged victim] how old he was. Q. How old did he say he was? A. He told me he was 18, 19 in March, and this was in...

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