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Court rules that a cell phone a "computer" in order to uphold underage sex sentence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Is an ordinary cell phone a computer?

Yes it is, a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. If you use the cell phone to help transport a minor across state lines for illegal sex, a judge can sentence you to more prison time.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said the ruling was the first from a federal appeals court that described a cell phone as a computer to support a harsher sentence.

The distinction had real consequences for Neil Scott Kramer, 41, of Violet, La. In April a federal judge in Springfield, Mo., sentenced him to 14 years in prison for meeting a 15-year-old girl at a convenience store in Cabool, Mo., and taking her to his recreational vehicle in Louisiana for several days.

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