Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Man guilty of interstate travel for illicit Sex with a minor

Man guilty of interstate travel for illicit Sex with a minor, According to an FBI press release dated April 29, 2013, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr.; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced that George G. Kahl, 42, of Alexandria, Virginia, pled guilty to traveling interstate to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor,

Kahl entered the guilty plea at a 2:30 P.M. plea hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer for the District of Columbia. Judge Collyer scheduled sentencing for July 26, 2013.

Kahl faces a maximum sentence of 30 years of imprisonment plus a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the government’s evidence, on February 9, 2013, Kahl contacted a man he believed to be the father of an under-aged female child on a social networking site. That man turned out to be an undercover officer with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Over the next few days, Kahl engaged in graphic online e-mail and text message conversations with the undercover officer. During these conversations, Kahl arranged with the undercover officer to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with the purported child. On February 22, 2013, Kahl traveled from Alexandria to Washington, D.C., for that purpose and was arrested. (FBI press release)

This case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative and investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and MPD. In February 2006, the Attorney General created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

In announcing the guilty plea, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director Parlave, and Chief Lanier praised the MPD detectives and special agents of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force. They also commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Redbord, who is prosecuting the case.

Sources: FBI press release, U.S. District Court calendar

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