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NEWS RELEASE

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

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MAY 9, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD

KC-NORTH MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTING

TO ENTICE A MINOR FOR SEX


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor for illicit sex.


             Raymond L. Wiley, Jr., 30, of Kansas City-North, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.


             On Jan. 4, 2007, Wiley pleaded guilty to using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. On Nov. 21, 2005, Wiley contacted an undercover law enforcement officer – whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl named Amanda – in an online chat room. Wiley offered to pay her $200 for sex and offered to pay for her ride or a cab from her stated location to his locale. In subsequent chats through Dec. 21, 2005, Wiley repeated his request to meet “Amanda” for sex and exposed himself during the online chats.

 

             Wiley arranged to meet “Amanda” at the Red-X Liquor and Grocery Store in Riverside, Mo., on Dec. 21, 2005, and was arrested when he arrived for the meeting.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Project Safe Childhood

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


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