Amory man acquitted of child enticement

djournal-Court-News2By JB Clark

Daily Journal

OXFORD – An Amory man charged with enticement of a child for sexual purposes last year was acquitted Tuesday.

Christopher Pickle, 30, of Amory, was found not guilty by a jury Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Oxford after a two-day trial.

Pickle originally pleaded guilty to the charges July 1, 2013, while being represented by a court-appointed defender. In August, Pickle was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after hiring attorney Chris Kitchens as legal counsel.

He is the second man represented by Kitchens to be acquitted on child enticement charges by arguing they were victims of entrapment. Bradley Gilmore was acquitted in October 2013.

Pickle was one of at least a dozen north Mississippi men charged by the Tupelo Police Department for child enticement.

He was arrested in April after traveling to Tupelo to meet the person he thought he was talking to, which actually was law enforcement.

Kitchens said Pickle had no prior charges and was serving in the National Guard at the time of his arrest. He said Pickle hopes to continue his service. The federal charge of enticement of a minor for sexual activity is punishable by a 10 years to life in prison.

jb.clark@journalinc.com