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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
GREGORY LEE HRUBY,
Defendant-Appellant.
   Nos. 19-6363/21-5451/5490
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky at Lexington.
No. 5:18-cr-00171-1—Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, District Judge.
Decided and Filed: December 8, 2021
Before: MOORE, GRIFFIN, and MURPHY, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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In most criminal cases, the prosecution cannot argue that a defendant is guilty of the charged offense because he committed similar acts in the past. But child-molestation cases are different. Under Federal Rule of Evidence 414(a), a court may admit evidence that a defendant previously molested a child to show that he is inclined to molest children. Rule 414(a)’s only express limitation is that the evidence must be offered on a relevant matter.

Defendant Gregory Lee Hruby asks us to further restrict certain Rule 414(a) evidence. Before his trial on child-molestation charges, he confessed to committing similar acts of child molestation. The district court admitted his confession and the jury convicted. On appeal, he argues that the government should have to corroborate a Rule 414(a) confession before the jury can consider it. Finding no support for a corroboration requirement in the Federal Rules of Evidence or elsewhere, we reject this argument. And because the district court did not otherwise abuse its discretion by admitting Hruby’s statements, we affirm.