Dickinson Man Receives Ten-Year Sentence for Coercion & Enticement of a Minor
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
July 30, 2012, Jeremy Zastoupil, 31, of Dickinson, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District
Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of coercion and enticement of a minor. Zastoupil
pleaded guilty to the charge on May 9, 2012.
Judge Hovland sentenced Zastoupil to serve 10 years in federal prison, to be
followed by three years of supervised release. Zastoupil was ordered to pay a $100
special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund. Zastoupil must register as a sex offender.
In August 2011 Zastoupil commenced a chat session on the Internet with an
undercover Dickinson police officer, who introduced himself as a 14-year-old female
from Dickinson. Zastoupil attempted to persuade the undercover officer to engage in
sexual activity. Zastoupil was arrested when he went to the site where he had agreed to
meet the undercover officer.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Stark County State's Attorney's Office, Dickinson Police Department, and North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
This case was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of
child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneysâ€™ Offices and the Criminal
Divisionâ€™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, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.