Maryland man guilty of enticement of a child in Texas

Maryland man guilty of enticement of a child in Texas

A 36-year-old Baltimore, Maryland man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

 Ian Christian Anderson pleaded guilty on Sept. 10, 2015 to enticement of a minor and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone on March 3.

According to information presented in court, in January 2015, Anderson began an on-line relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the Eastern District of Texas.  After several weeks of communicating with the victim, Anderson traveled from his home near Baltimore, Maryland to the victim's hometown in Texas on two separate occasions in February and March 2015. On both trips Anderson engaged in sexual relations with the 14-year-old that constituted felony sexual assault under the laws of the State of Texas. Anderson also used his cell phone to send sexually explicit text messages to the victim in which he attempted to persuade her to engage in future similar sexual relations. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 7, 2015.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lumberton Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.       

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