No. 26549.

380 S.C. 23 (2008)

667 S.E.2d 728

The STATE, Respondent, v. William H. GAINES, Jr., Appellant.

Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Decided October 6, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert T. Williams, Sr., and Benjamin A. Stitely, of Williams, Hendrix, Steigner & Brink, of Lexington, for Appellant.

Attorney General Henry Dargan McMaster, Chief Deputy Attorney General John W. McIntosh, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Salley W. Elliott, and Assistant Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, of Columbia, for Respondent.

Justice WALLER:

Appellant, William H. Gaines, was convicted of three counts of criminal solicitation of a minor, in violation of a recently enacted statute, S.C.Code Ann. § 16-15-342 (Supp.2006). He appeals contending, a) evidence of prior chat room conversations was improperly admitted; b) he was entitled to an entrapment instruction; and c) he was entitled to a directed verdict. We disagree and affirm the convictions.


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