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April 15, 2013


Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Jason Lee Kennedy, 32, of Nashville, Arkansas, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to solicit a minor to engage in sexual activity. The Honorable Harry F. Barnes, Senior United States District Judge, handed down the sentence in federal court in Texarkana, Arkansas, and also ordered Kennedy to be under supervised release for life.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “I applaud the proactive effort of the Texarkana Police Department in this matter. Crimes that victimize children are atrocious, and the sooner predators are caught, the safer our children will be.”

As detailed in court records, on August 8, 2012, an undercover investigator with the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department posing as a 14-year-old female was contacted by Kennedy over the internet. Over the course of the next few days, Kennedy encouraged and enticed the undercover investigator, whom Kennedy believed to be 14, to engage in sexual intercourse with him. On August 10, Kennedy made plans to meet the minor at a location in Texarkana for the purpose of sexual intercourse. When Kennedy arrived, he was taken into custody by officers. During an interview, Kennedy admitted having the solicitous conversations.

Kennedy was originally indicted on October 11, 2012, by a grand jury. He pleaded guilty on February 15, 2013.

The case was investigated by the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Mathew Quinn prosecuted the case for for the United States.

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