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Port St. Lucie Teacher Charged with On-Line Enticement of a Minor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Joyce Dawley, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Orlando Regional Operations Center, announced the filing of a criminal complaint and arrest of Alexander Michael Roy, 31, of Port Saint Lucie, on charges of enticement of a minor over the Internet, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422. A detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. and arraignment is scheduled for March 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., both before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch.

If convicted, Roy faces a ten year mandatory minimum sentence and a statutory maximum penalty of life in prison, to be followed by a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release. In addition, Roy would face lifetime registration as a sex offender.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, on January 13, 2012, the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, as part of a joint investigation to locate online predators, posted an advertisement on an e-commerce website. On January 13, 2012, Roy, admitting he was a teacher in Port St. Lucie, responded to the advertisement via email, phone calls and text messages. Roy arranged to travel from his home in Port St. Lucie to meet the Sumter County Sheriff's Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office undercover detectives who were posing as a mother and her 13 year old daughter. The purpose of Roy’s travel was to engage in sex with the purported 13 year-old. When Roy arrived at the pre-established meeting place, he was arrested.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of FDLE, the Sumter County Sheriff's Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office for their work on this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carmen Lineberger.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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