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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Former Marine Sentenced To Ten Years For Child Exploitation Crime

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Today, Kevin Lee Butler, 23, of Quincy, Florida, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for using the internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.  The sentence was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In October 2011, Butler replied to an internet ad posted as part of an undercover investigation conducted by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (“ICAC”) Task Force.  The ad purported to be from a “single mom” of a 12 year-old girl.  Butler exchanged a series of emails with the undercover agent who was posing as the child’s mother.  During the course of the exchanges, Butler made arrangements to travel to Tallahassee for the purpose of having sex with the 12 year old.  When he arrived at the meeting place, he was arrested.  

Butler pled guilty to this offense in January.  As part of Butler’s sentence, United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle also imposed a life time term of supervised release, with the conditions that Butler attend sex offender treatment, that he register as a sex offender, and that his computers, and other electronic devices be subject to search by his probation officer and by law enforcement.

United States Attorney Marsh credited the success of this prosecution to the joint efforts of the agencies participating in the North Florida ICAC, particularly Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the United States Marshals Service, and the Tallahassee Police Department.  Ms. Marsh said, “The protection of the children in our community remains a priority of the Department of Justice, and great praise is deserved by all of our law enforcement partners who contributed to the success of this investigation.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Herbert Lindsey.

Updated January 26, 2015