Maryland Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Howard Scott Kalin (48, Essex, Maryland) today pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Kalin faces a mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
According to the plea agreement, Kalin, while attending the SuperJam Balloon Fest in Orlando, in January 2011, responded to a Craigslist message posted by an undercover law enforcement officer acting as the uncle of a 14-year-old boy. During the next few days, Kalin attempted to persuade the undercover agent to allow Kalin to engage in sexual activity with the child. When the undercover agent refused, Kalin returned to Maryland, and during the next several months, continued to communicate with both the undercover agent and an individual whom he thought was the 14-year-old boy about meeting to have sex. On May 23, 2011, Kalin flew to Orlando, Florida with the intent of having sex with the child. He met the undercover agent in Lake County, Florida and was arrested. Agents located sexual aids in Kalin's rental car. Kalin admitted to law enforcement agents that he flew to Orlando to engage in sexual activity with the child.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the 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 locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education and resources, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab "resources."
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lake County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen