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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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FEBRUARY 23, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

OLATHE MAN INDICTED FOR ENTICING A MINOR

FOR ILLICIT SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that an Olathe, Kan., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, and for traveling across the state line to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor..


            Eric Ryan Davis, 21, of Olathe, Kan., was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Jan. 4, 2007. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Davis’ arrest and initial court appearance.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that Davis used the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2005.


             Counts Two and Three of the federal indictment allege that on two separate occasions on Aug. 30 and 31, 2005, Davis traveled across the state line for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person.


             The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Davis to forfeit to the government any property used to commit the alleged offenses, including a Compaq computer.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Platte County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.


Project Safe Childhood

            This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created 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

http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov


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