P. v. McDow CA5
G.D. was born in 2004 and was 15 years old at the time of trial. Throughout the summer of 2018, when G.D. was 13 years old, G.D. and defendant would see each other a least three times a week. Prior to that, defendant had been a friend of G.D.’s parents and would spend time at G.D.’s house. G.D.’s parents were unaware G.D. was spending time with defendant. Defendant would pick G.D. up from his house, and they would either clean fish tanks at a barber shop or do gardening work. Over time, G.D. and defendant became friends and would talk about fish tanks and remote control cars.
In May 2018, defendant and G.D. began having conversations about alcohol, drugs, and sex. Defendant told G.D. he was bisexual and did sexual things with other men. These conversations occurred in person and over the phone. G.D. told defendant he like to vape, so defendant got him a vape pen because G.D. was not old enough to purchase one.
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