US v. Eric Araujo Flore
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:15-cr-00320-LO-1. Copies to all parties and the district court. . [16-4360]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
ERIC NOE ARAUJO FLORES, a/k/a Eric Orellano Arujo, a/k/a
Eric Orellana Arujo,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Virginia, at Alexandria.
Liam O’Grady, District
February 15, 2017
February 22, 2017
Before AGEE, DIAZ, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Joseph R. Conte, LAW OFFICE OF J. R. CONTE, Washington, D.C.;
Charles J. Soschin, LAW OFFICE OF C. J. SOSCHIN, Washington,
D.C., for Appellant.
Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney,
Michael J. Frank, Assistant United States Attorney, Alexandria,
Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Eric Noe Araujo Flores was convicted by a jury of four
counts of sex trafficking of a child, in violation of 18 U.S.C.
§ 1591(a) (2012) (sex trafficking convictions); three counts of
foreign travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct,
convictions); one count of coercion and enticement, in violation
convictions); and one count of harboring an alien for an immoral
purpose, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1328 (2012), and he was
sentenced to 300 months in prison.
Flores asserts that the
Government presented insufficient evidence to support his sex
Finding no error, we affirm.
We review de novo a district court’s denial of a Fed. R.
Crim. P. 29 motion for judgment of acquittal.
United States v.
Reed, 780 F.3d 260, 269 (4th Cir.), cert. denied sub nom. Cannon
United States v. McLean, 715 F.3d 129, 137 (4th Cir.
2013) (internal quotation marks omitted).
The jury verdict must
be sustained if “there is substantial evidence in the record,
when viewed in the light most favorable to the government, to
support the conviction.”
United States v. Jaensch, 665 F.3d 83,
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“Substantial evidence is evidence that a reasonable finder of
conclusion of a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Id. (internal quotation marks and brackets omitted).
“[r]eversal for insufficient evidence is reserved for the rare
case where the prosecution’s failure is clear.”
v. Ashley, 606 F.3d 135, 138 (4th Cir. 2010) (internal quotation
We have reviewed the record and conclude that,
viewed in the light most favorable to the Government, there was
substantial evidence to support Flores’ convictions.
We dispense with oral argument because the facts and
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