Jeffrey Monroe Roy, 48, of Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced today to serve 188 months in federal prison for using the Internet in an attempt to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Evidence presented during trial proved that on June 13, 2012, law enforcement officers, acting in an undercover capacity, posted an advertisement on Craigslist posing as a 13-year-old female. Roy responded to the posting, and over the next three days, he engaged in email chats and telephone calls that were sexual in nature with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old female named Jaz. During his communications with Jaz, Roy discussed numerous sexual situations and attempted to entice the 13-year-old female to engage in sexual activity with him. After making arrangements to meet Jaz, Roy drove from Mobile, Alabama, on June 16, 2012, to meet with her at a predetermined location, where he was arrested and found to be in possession of Viagra, condoms, a camera, a knife, handcuffs, a first aid kit, and a deck of 52 sex-position cards.
Roy was also sentenced to a lifetime term of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200 special monetary assessment.
In announcing the sentence imposed by the court, Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, credited the success of this prosecution to the joint efforts of the agencies participating in the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, particularly U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Marshals Service, Bay County Sheriff's Office, and the Gainesville Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn Risinger.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to 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.
Information provided by the U.S. Justice Department