In re G.E.W.

Facebook provided a tip to law enforcement that two parties to a Facebook Live stream were engaging in sexual acts with a minor. After reviewing the transcript — but not the video stream — from Facebook, law enforcement came to Appellant’s home and obtained a confession. At Appellant’s dispositional hearing (she, too, was a minor), that law enforcement agent was the sole witness against her. The evidence against Appellant included the transcript and her confession. The Superior Court held that the corpus delecti rule — designed so that “the Commonwealth cannot convict a defendant solely upon their confession” — did not prohibit the introduction of the statement. 

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