Lets say I want something to happen but doing it directly would be a crime. This is one crime that requires intent or mens rea.
So I hunt down an innocent third party, someone naïve, perhaps even a child, and I tell them they should go do some action X. I convince them it's a good thing to do and no harm will come, basically ensure they aren't guilty of the intent I have when I trick them into doing something.
Would using a naïve third party allow both the third party and me to get away with the action, since the person doing it lacks mens rea and the law doesn't explicitly make tricking someone else a crime? Or am I still considered to have committed the crime despite using a third party as an intermediary?
I'll accept answers for any common law location, though I'm mildly more interested in USA.