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Tavares Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Online Enticement Of A Child

November 20, 2012

Ocala, Florida - U.S. Senior District Judge William Terrell Hodges yesterday sentenced Harry Joseph Shrager (23, Tavares) to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. Shrager pleaded guilty on August 15, 2012.

According to court documents, on February 25, 2012, Shrager responded to an Internet ad posted by an undercover law enforcement officer on Craigslist. During the course of the investigation, Shrager corresponded with law enforcement officers by email, text message, and telephone calls, in an attempt to arrange for sex with a "14 year-old girl." In his correspondence, Shrager encouraged the "girl" to skip school in order to spend the night with him and explained, in detail, the various sex acts that he contemplated. Shrager eventually traveled from his home in Lake County, to Sumter County, in order to meet with the "girl." He arrived at the meeting with two condoms in his possession. Upon his arrival, Shrager was immediately arrested.

This case was investigated by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn P. Napier.

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, 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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."









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