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Port St. Lucie Middle School Teacher Convicted of Enticement of a Minor Over the Internet and Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 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, announced that, after a five day trial, a jury convicted Alexander Michael Roy, 31, of Port Saint Lucie, on one count of on-line enticement of a minor and five counts of possession of child pornography.

Sentencing has been scheduled for September 10, 2012, in Ft Pierce, before U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore. Roy faces a ten year mandatory minimum and a maximum of up to life in prison on the on-line enticement of a minor charge, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422. In addition, Roy faces a maximum possible statutory sentence of up to ten years per count on each count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18 United States Code 2252 (a)(4)(b). Roy also faces up to a lifetime of supervised release and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

According to evidence presented at trial, 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 that read: “We are staying near Disney if you seek family intimate fun activities. Only serious interests please!” Shortly thereafter, defendant Roy responded to the ad, stating that he was a teacher in Port St. Lucie. In subsequent communications, including emails, text messages and cellular phone calls, the undercover officer posed as a mother and her 13 year old daughter. During these communications, Roy agreed to travel from his home in Port St. Lucie to Kissimmee in order meet the purported mother and have sex with her and her 13 year old daughter. Roy was arrested soon after arriving at the meeting location in Kissimmee, Florida, in possession of condoms and personal lubricant.

In addition, evidence presented at trial included the results of a search warrant that was executed at the defendant’s Port St. Lucie residence. An examination of Roy’s computers revealed numerous images of child pornography

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

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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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