Duluth Police Entrapment of Dr. Adekweh
When an Alleged Crime is Born in the Mind of Police, and Prosecuted as Fact by the Likes of Prosecutor Kimberly Maki
By US~Observer Staff
Duluth, MN and across the United States – With over thirty-six million dollars of federal funding up for grabs to help “fight against child trafficking,” police tactics are evolving into what many are calling victimless “thought-crimes.” The alleged child sex crime, in far too many instances, is just adult men pursuing adult encounters caught up in a police bait-and-switch operation to make them look like child predators. These people are being entrapped by police into communicating with an officer who initially poses as an adult then suggests they are just under the age of consent after the man agrees to have sex, or simply agrees to meet with them.
But there is a catch, and it’s a big catch. For many men, they do not go all the way – yet they are still arrested and prosecuted as if they sexually abused an underage victim. For many who end up convicted, they never saw, touched, paid money to, or let alone had sexual relations with anyone. There was absolutely no contact with anyone underage, ever.
Even worse, many are disallowed from telling a jury that they were not looking for someone underage; that the police created the whole concept of an underage participant, most often underhandedly. When the men get arrested their mug shot is published by the mainstream media, and they are labeled as pedophiles for the public’s consumption – all for seeking sex with someone whom they always believed to be an adult. While these men are guilty of soliciting sex online, it is a wild stretch for the government to claim they are child sex abusers, when no child was ever involved or actively sought.
A medical doctor from Minnesota, Dr. Ogechukwu Victor Adekweh, was arrested by the police after a scheme to entrap him. He is not only facing a felony conviction – he is also facing deportation which will end his career as a doctor.
In fact, prior to the publishing of this article the first fifteen Google search results of his name and city of residence were all related to him being criminally charged, portraying him as a pedophile. Every article painted the picture of guilt. None of the articles pointed out that he was looking for an adult, not a minor. Police and prosecutors used mainstream media to publish their one-sided version of the story. Dr. Adekweh is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty; however, the government’s use of media in this way ensures their perspective is what is seen by the public in the jurisdiction where his jury will be chosen, and beyond.
What a great way to win convictions; rig the system. The public, even those who are skeptics of police, buy into it. Many say, “He should have ended the conversation when the officer said, ‘almost sixteen’” – sixteen happens to be the legal age of consent in Minnesota.
But for Dr. Adekweh, he did not believe the undercover agent to be that age. First, he had met the cop on a website titled, “adultlook.com.” He clicked on an adult ad that stated, “18.” The adult ad showed photos taken in a hotel bathroom of a woman, who was really a twenty-seven-year-old cop. He was always deceived about the real age of the person he was communicating with. He never talked to an eighteen-year-old, nor fifteen-year-old, he was really talking to an adult cop – who was twenty-seven-years-old, who used photos of a twenty-seven-year-old cop for the ad. But the ad, on an adult website, stated an adult age. That is what he clicked on. That is what he intended.
Dr. Adekweh never sought to connect with an underage girl by searching on a website such as, Teen people, Cosmogirl or the Hannah Montana type. He was specifically searching on an adult website for an adult.
Dr. Adekweh had talked with the adult cop about exchanging money in return for sex – something he readily admits. It was just before the doctor left to meet the cop at the hotel room the police officer had rented that he was informed the agent was not the “legal age of consent.” The doctor sarcastically said, “you are 16 years old? No problem!” – he stated via a text message. As pointed out above, Dr. Adekweh did not believe the person he was communicating with was underage, in fact everything suggested they were adult age.
At the time of this publishing, the terms on AdultLook.com state, “You must be of legal age to view this type of content from where you are accessing this site. By entering this site, you represent that you are of legal age and agree to our terms and conditions. Any unauthorized use of this site may violate state, federal and/or foreign law.” Too bad it doesn’t apply to police agencies using it to entrap people.
According to Dr. Adekweh, he never believed this person to be underage, even as the undercover agent introduced the fictional age. Rather, he believed the person to be mischievously lying. He didn’t know why but Dr. Adekweh had a plan. He was going to confront the person when he got to the hotel room and ask to see her ID. However, that never happened.
Akin to those who state, “he should have ended the conversation when the cop said almost age of consent,” Dr. Adekweh ended the communication without ever making contact. While he did go to the hotel, he never went inside the hotel room. He never saw anyone. He never paid to have sex with anyone. He never confronted the fictitious role player. He left before any of that could happen. It is important to note that the doctor left the hotel on his own accord. Dr. Adekweh stated, “confrontation will only lead to altercation, so I retreated and informed the role player that I was no longer interested in meeting.” After he exited the hotel, walked to his vehicle and got inside to leave, Dr. Adekweh was swarmed by undercover agents and arrested.
The US~Observer uncovered from a surveillance video that there were several undercover police officers waiting for Dr. Adekweh to arrive inside the hotel room but when the doctor retreated, one could be seen calling for him to be arrested. The forty-two government agents who held the “sting-operation” that was used to ensnare the doctor finally prevailed, just as they had with other individuals.
To help strengthen public support, government uses dramatic titles like, “operation guardian angel.” These type of “sting-operation” titles work quite well, too. This is not unique to Minnesota – it is now common nationwide.
“When the criminal design originates, not with the accused, but is conceived in the mind of the government officers, and the accused is by persuasion or deceitful representation lured into the commission of the criminal act, the government is stopped by sound public policy from prosecution therefore.”
The idea to introduce an underage minor into the scenario was not born in Dr. Adekweh’s mind. He never asked to be with a minor. He never looked for a minor. That idea was always born in the minds of the forty-two agents who sought to turn a misdemeanor crime into a felony – solicitation of an adult is only a misdemeanor.
Today, Dr. Adekweh is the last of those who were arrested to have his case resolved. One of the men arrested committed suicide. One man who went to trial was convicted. Five men who plead guilty received what is called a “stay of imposition.” Essentially, if each of those who accepted guilt jump through certain hoops established by the court, the conviction will eventually be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. While Dr. Adekweh maintains his innocence of what he is charged with, the doctor would accept a stay of imposition if it were possible, but it is not for several reasons. Prosecutor Kimberly Maki will not entertain any type of plea deals before trial. Likewise, the Judge, Eric Hylden, cannot promise the doctor anything before trial. As for the doctor, a stay of imposition would mean he is detained, deported, and never again allowed to be in or practice medicine in the United States. Dr. Adekweh’s immigrant status ultimately precludes him from having a felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor like most of the others who were arrested.
Convicted of Sex Crimes, But with No Victims – NY Times
Prosecutor Kimberly Maki
Even worse, Dr. Adekweh is a black man facing trial just two hours north of where George Floyd died. Racism is reportedly a big issue in the St. Louis County Courthouse where the doctor is to be tried – where Prosecutor Kimberly Maki rules.
Kimberly Maki, the head prosecutor for Duluth, which is in St. Louis County, is not willing to provide a deal for Dr. Adekweh that results in him being convicted of what he factually attempted to commit – a misdemeanor for solicitation of sex with an adult.
No Entrapment Defense
Even worse, through her assistant prosecutor, Victoria Wanta, Maki’s office filed a motion to prevent Dr. Adekweh and his defense from mentioning the word, “entrapment” at trial. Judge Hylden granted the motion for the state – which the US~Observer believes is worthy of an appeal should the doctor get convicted.
If you believe there must be a victim for there to be a crime, Dr. Adekweh should be found innocent. If you believe the doctor was entrapped, and should be able to state such at trial, he should be found innocent. If you believe the burden of proof is, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” then it will be Dr. Adekweh’s word versus the government’s word, and he should be found innocent. Can the government prove Dr. Adekweh did NOT intend on checking the identification of the fictitious prostitute? No! If they cannot prove that element, how can one truly believe beyond a reasonable doubt what the doctor’s real intentions were – especially when he left the hotel without contacting anyone?
This case deals with no real victim. There never was a minor. According to several experts associated with this type of policing, it is nothing more than a thought-crime. If you do not believe in thought-crimes, Dr. Adekweh should be found innocent.
Dr. Adekweh remorsefully and readily admits guilt for seeking sexual relations with an adult in exchange for money, which is why he went to “adultlook.com.” The doctor would accept guilt for that, but he says he will not accept guilt for something he did not intend on doing, neither did he reasonably believe he was talking to an underage female despite what the government will say or show at his trial. Dr. Adekweh is only charged with one crime – and that crime as the government states is that he intentionally offered, hired or agreed to hire a prostitute for sexual penetration, whom he reasonably believed was 15 years old.
An Unconcerned Kimberly Maki
Dr. Adekweh passed a psychosexual exam proving he is not a pedophile, but that did not matter to Prosecutor Kimberly Maki. Also, the police searched his phone and found nothing about underage sex – nothing about pedophilia.
If Prosecutor Kimberly Maki were truly concerned with seeking justice, she would immediately reduce Dr. Adekweh’s charge to a misdemeanor. Instead, and with knowledge, Maki would rather see a black immigrant doctor be deported and banished from the United States forever by seeking prosecution to the “fullest extent of the law,” even if the doctor never factually violated it.
The U.S. already incarcerates more people per capita than any other developed country. We’ve been labeled, “incarceration nation” by many legal scholars. The annual cost of incarceration per inmate in the United States ranges between $31,000.00 and $60,000.00. If government were truly efficient, they would slap someone like Dr. Adekweh with a conviction for what he was doing – soliciting sex with an adult, a misdemeanor crime. Instead, they would rather turn Dr. Adekweh, who has never had a criminal conviction, into a felon.
Is that justice? Let’s hope the jury decides that it is not.
Editor’s Note: Prosecutor Kimberly Maki is holding Dr. Adekweh’s neck to the pavement analogously like Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin held George Floyd’s neck to the pavement on May 25, 2020. Prosecutors who fail to seek justice like Kimberly Maki and her assistant prosecutor Victoria Wanta harm people in this manner. Maki’s actions are wrong. One has to wonder if they are racist, too…?
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