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Suspect’s Confession in Grindr FBI Sex Crime Sting Admissible

June 21, 2021, 6:38 PM

Self-incriminating statements made by a man suspected of soliciting sex from a minor are admissible evidence despite no Miranda warning because he wasn’t then in custody, the Seventh Circuit said Monday.

Jorge Leal allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with an undercover FBI agent while the officer posed as a 15-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr. Leal allegedly solicited oral sex and asked for the boy’s location.

Leal sped off when approached by a U.S. marshal outside the address given by the FBI, but was soon pulled over. Leal agreed to exit his car, consented to a pat down, ...