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Federal Jury Finds Unr Student Guilty Of Coercing And Enticing A Minor To Engage In Sex

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2005

Reno, Nev. - A federal jury has convicted a Reno man of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in sex, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

OMAR AHMAD AYOUB, a 22-year-old college student at the University of Nevada Reno, was convicted yesterday of one count of Coercion and Enticement of a Minor following a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben.

The investigation began when an undercover detective with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, playing the role of a 14-year-old female, received a sexually explicit instant message from AYOUB. Between October 14, 2003, and November 4, 2003, AYOUB conversed on the Internet with the girl via Yahoo Instant Messenger. During the Instant Message conversations, AYOUB indicated he wanted to engage in various sexual acts with her, and during one conversation, he transmitted a sexually suggestive photograph of himself.

AYOUB made arrangements to meet the girl on November 4, 2003, for the purpose of having sexual relations. When AYOUB showed up for the meeting, he was arrested by law enforcement representatives of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and FBI. A search of AYOUB'S computer uncovered the files containing inappropriate sexual discussions and the photograph he had transmitted to the undercover officer.

Under federal statutes, AYOUB faces a minimum mandatory five to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is released on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 6, 2005, at 9:00 a.m.

The case was investigated by Detectives with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and Special Agents of the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Pugliese.


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