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October 27, 2010

BIRMINGHAM  – A federal grand jury today indicted a Birmingham man for attempting to entice a child to engage in prostitution and for attempting to receive and view child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.
A three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges NATHANIEL RUSSELL GLASS, 31, with using the Internet and a cell phone between Aug. 24 and Oct. 3 to attempt to induce a 14-year-old girl to engage in prostitution. The indictment also charges GLASS  with using the Internet and the phone to attempt to receive and view child pornography.

“Technology is often misused by criminals to exploit our children,” Vance said. “I am thankful this defendant actually was communicating with an undercover officer and that instead of meeting a child, he met Hoover Police and federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who arrested him,” she said.               

According to an arrest affidavit in the case, undercover ICE officers communicated with GLASS by e-mail and telephone. In those communications, GLASS arranged to pay $75 an hour to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. On the day of his arrest, Oct. 3, GLASS met an undercover officer at a hotel in Hoover and paid the $75, according to the affidavit. 

The attempted enticement charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison. The attempted receipt of child pornography charges carries a maximum 20-year sentence, with a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. Attempted possession of child pornography carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

The Hoover Police Department and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune is prosecuting it.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.



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