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Defendant-appellant Anthony Watkins appeals from a judgment of sentence entered June 23, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Kahn, J.). Watkins was convicted, after a guilty plea, of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2423(a). The District Court sentenced Watkins principally to a 233-month term of imprisonment. In reaching that sentence, the court applied three two-level sentencing enhancements pursuant to § 2G1.3 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines ("U.S.S.G." or the "Guidelines") because the offense involved: (1) the commission of a sex act, U.S.S.G. § 2G1.3(b)(4)(A); (2) use of a computer to entice a minor to engage in prohibited sexual conduct, U.S.S.G. § 2G1.3(b)(3)(A); and (3) misrepresentation of identity "to persuade, induce, entice, [or] coerce ... a minor to engage in prohibited sexual conduct" and/or undue influence to engage in such conduct, U.S.S.G. § 2G1.3(b)(2)(A) and (B).

On appeal, Watkins challenges the three sentencing enhancements and contends that his 233-month sentence is substantively unreasonable. For the following reasons, we conclude that the District Court did not err in applying the sentencing enhancements and in imposing a 233-month term of imprisonment.


667 F.3d 254 (2012)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Anthony WATKINS, Defendant-Appellant.

Docket No. 10-2971-cr.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Submitted: June 24, 2011.

Decided: January 26, 2012

New York Law School citation: File #4068, Box #157