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Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Using the Internet to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexually Explicit Conduct

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November 29, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - Jamie Paul Lybrand, age 25, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty today to using the internet to entice a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; and Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department.

According to Lybrand’s plea agreement, on February 25 and March 10, 2010, an undercover Baltimore County Police detective responded to two separate CraigsList ads titled “Seeking Daddy/Son Combo...” and “Seeking Real Daddy/Son Combo.” Lybrand admitted that he placed both ads and that he called and exchanged emails with what he thought was the father of a 12 year old boy. In the emails Lybrand discussed meeting with the father and son in order for Lybrand to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the “son.” In addition, Lybrand sent images of child pornography depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adult male(s) to the undercover detective.

On March 6, 2010, Lybrand contacted the undercover detective and arranged a meeting at a hotel in Baltimore County. Lybrand knocked on the door of the agreed upon room number, and the detective invited him into the room. Still in an undercover capacity, the detective informed Lybrand that the 12 year old child was in the bathroom of the hotel room. Lybrand removed his clothing, exposing his penis, and laid in the bed in the hotel room. A few minutes later, members of the Baltimore County Police Department entered the room and arrested Lybrand.

As a result of his guilty plea, Lybrand will be required to register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Lybrand faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison for using the computer to entice a child to engage in sexual activity. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for March10, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at www.justice.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Baltimore County Police Department, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.

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