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Washington, D.C. Man Convicted of Enticing a Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity


Communicated With the Minor From Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal jury convicted Franesiour Bryan Kemache-Webster, age 50, of Washington, D.C., today for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Postal Inspector in Charge Daniel S. Cortez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division.

According to evidence presented at his two day trial, while Webster was incarcerated in the federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, on an unrelated charge, he communicated with a minor female by mail and e-mail, as well as by telephone. In his letters, e-mails and telephone calls, which were recorded by the prison, Webster coerced and enticed the minor female to engage in illegal sexual activity and graphically described the sexual acts to which he would subject her upon his release from prison.

According to trial testimony, during telephone calls with the minor female, Webster also instructed the minor female that her letters to him should be explicit, and admonished her not to engage in sexual activity with any other males. Webster also referenced their prior sexual relationship.

As a result of his conviction, Webster 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).

Webster faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, followed by up to lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, has scheduled sentencing for August 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.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 U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its work in the investigation and expressed appreciation to the Metropolitan Police Department for its assistance in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney LisaMarie Freitas, detailed from the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf, who prosecuted the case.

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