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Washington, D.C. Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Enticing a Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity


Communicated With the Minor From Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2011

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Franesiour Bryan Kemache-Webster, age 50, of Washington, D.C., today to life in prison for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. Judge Titus ordered that should he ever be released from prison, Webster must 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).

The sentence 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.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said, “This is an especially egregious case because Mr. Kemache-Webster contacted the victim from prison in an effort to continue his pattern of abuse. This sentence sends a strong message that people who victimize children will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

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, e-mail and telephone. In his communications, 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, beginning when the minor was 14 years old.

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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