7th Circuit Court of Appeals
States of America v. Mark Ciesiolka
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, Judge Rudy Lozano.
Criminal. Reverses conviction of knowingly attempting to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual
activity. Because the District Court failed to explain its ruling that the four-factor test for introducing evidence of prior
acts under Rule 404(b) was satisfied, and since the evidence introduced in unconstrained fashion is perhaps excessively prejudicial
in light of its probative value, reverses and remands for a new trial. Judge Ripple dissents.