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Man Admits Traveling from England to Kentucky to Sexually Exploit Minor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2013

PIKEVILLE, KY - A resident of London, England traveled to Kentucky intending to engage in sex acts with a minor who lived in eastern Kentucky according to a plea agreement filed in federal court.

Solomon Blue Waters, 42, of London, England pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins to using the internet to engage in sexual activity with a minor. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the defendant agreed to a proposed sentencing range of 135 to 168 months pending the judge’s approval. Waters is scheduled to be sentenced on September 5 in Pikeville.

According to the plea agreement, Waters admitted he developed an online relationship with the minor in 2011 and persuaded her to send him sexually explicit images of herself. Waters also encouraged the victim to communicate with him in sexual conversations. Waters planned to visit the minor in eastern Kentucky and he specifically described the sexual acts he would perform on the minor when meeting her.

On August 27, 2012, Waters flew from London, England to Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport and was immediately arrested by agents with Homeland Security Investigations and the Kentucky State Police.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Gary J. Hartwig, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago, and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced the plea.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and KSP. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Marye.

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