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Palm Beach County Middle School Principal Pleads Guilty to Charges of Enticing a Minor to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Activity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), announced that Scott A. Blake, 47, of Palm Beach Gardens, a former middle school principal, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp, to one count of enticing a minor to engage in an illegal sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b).

Sentencing has been scheduled for February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm. At sentencing, Blake faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum term of up to life in prison on the charge of enticement of a minor.

This case was the result of an ICE-HSI undercover investigation into social networking websites. An undercover agent, posing as a 15 year old boy, was contacted by Blake on-line. After several sexually suggestive conversations, Blake arranged to meet the undercover agent at a local mall for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity. When Blake arrived at the mall, he was arrested.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and the members of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lothrop Morris and Jennifer Millien.

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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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