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Man Sentenced to over 7 Years for Using a Computer to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity


Case Demonstrates “Dangers Lurk on the Internet for Children”

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May 30, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Michael Lawrence Manoly, age 36, of Clarksburg, Maryland, today to 87 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for using a computer to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Blake also ordered that Manoly register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

“This case demonstrates that dangers lurk on the internet for children,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Michael Manoly used the internet to locate and communicate with a Maryland girl, then arranged to meet her for several sexual encounters. Parents need to monitor their children’s activities on the internet.”

According to the statement of facts presented to the court as part of his guilty plea, during February 2006, Manoly, using the screen name “Kevin,” began corresponding over the Internet with a 15 year old female living in Anne Arundel County. Manoly and the victim corresponded through a website which maintained its server in Chicago, Illinois. Manoly, who told the 15 year old female that he was 25 years old, suggested that they meet. Manoly and the girl ultimately met and engaged in sexual relations on several occasions at locations in Anne Arundel County.

On January 19, 2007 search warrants were executed at a residence in Clarksburg, Maryland and in Severn, Maryland. Officers recovered two laptop computers, identified as belonging to Manoly. Investigators found numerous images of child pornography on the computers, including pictures of a 14 year old girl, who investigators were able to identify and who confirmed that she was 14 at the time the images were produced.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. Details about Maryland’s program are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md/Safe-Childhood/index.html.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Frank Weathersbee and his office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Hanlon, who prosecuted the case.

 

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