OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JOHN F. WOOD
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
DECEMBER 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD
OLATHE MAN SENTENCED FOR ENTICING A MINOR
FOR ILLICIT SEX
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Olathe, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for using the Internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
Eric Ryan Davis, 22, of Olathe, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Davis to forfeit to the government a Compaq computer that was used to commit the offense.
On July 5, 2007, Davis pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Davis admitted that between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2005, he contacted an undercover law enforcement officer whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl named April in an online chat room. Davis told “April” that he wanted to engage in a variety of sexual acts with her. On Aug. 31, 2005, Davis was arrested by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department when he arrived at an undercover apartment to meet with “April.”
This case was 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, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s 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
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