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New Jersey Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Enticing Clearwater Pre-Teen to Engage in Sexually Explicit Conduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27 , 2011

Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Daniel G. Devoe (26, Lake Ariel, Pa., formerly of N.J.) to 10 years in federal prison for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. The court also ordered Devoe to forfeit numerous pieces of electronic media, which were used in the commission of the offense.

Devoe pled guilty on June 29, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo.

According to court documents, Devoe met an eleven-year-old minor, who resides in Clearwater, on a social networking website. Devoe and the minor exchanged contact information and began communicating via text messaging. Devoe sent sexually explicit photographs to the minor via text message and enticed the minor to send him sexually explicit photographs of himself/herself. Devoe was 24 years old at the time of the offense.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.

It is another case 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab “other resources.”

The investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers, and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.

 

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