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Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Federal Prison For Transporting Iowa Child To Georgia For Sex

November 16, 2011

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who purchased an airline ticket for a 14-year-old girl to fly to Georgia for sex was sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison.

Gary Archer, age 28, from Valdosta, Georgia, received the prison term after an April 7, 2011, guilty plea to one count of interstate travel to sexually abuse a child and one count of transporting a child in interstate commerce for unlawful sex.

In a plea agreement, Archer admitted that, on or about May 28, 2010, he drove from Georgia to Iowa to with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. Once in Iowa, Archer had sexual intercourse with the girl on multiple occasions.

Archer also admitted that, on or about July 2, 2010, he caused the girl to be transported from Iowa to Georgia by purchasing a commercial airline ticket for the girl. Archer picked the girl up at the Atlanta airport and had sexual intercourse with her on multiple occasions over the course of approximately one month. Archer had previously telephoned the girl’s father claiming to be a family member of a friend of the girl. Posing as the friend’s family member, Archer falsely claimed the friend was in poor health and wanted the girl to visit the friend in Georgia.

Archer was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Archer was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. A special assessment of $200 was also imposed, and he must register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was 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 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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Archer is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Deegan and was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Lowndes County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 11-1 LRR.



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