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Jonathan Waltman sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to attempting to transport an individual in foreign commerce to engage in prostitution and attempting to travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2012

Mike Tobin, Public Affairs Specialist, (216) 622-3651

Jonathan Waltman, 26, from Nashport, Ohio, was sentenced to nearly 25 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to attempting to transport an individual in foreign commerce to engage in prostitution and attempting to travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Waltman is the fourth and final person sentenced as part of Operation Traverse, an undercover sex tourism investigation.

“The details that emerged from this investigation are chilling and should serve as a caution for parents everywhere,” Dettelbach said. “These convictions help keep children safe, both children here and around the world.”

“All of the individuals sentenced in this case attempted to sexually exploit children but found that there is a strong barrier that exists between predators and children: law enforcement,” Moskowitz said. “I would like to commend the exceptional work of a very dedicated team of special agents, prosecutors and support staff to continue to stand on the front lines to protect children from predators.”

Other sentences previously handed out include:

Zachery Casey, 39, of Millersburg, Ohio, sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Peter Beichl, 50, of Albstadt, Germany, sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Otto Linzenbach, 63, of Leipzig, Germany, sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Waltman knowingly attempted and conspired to transport an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years, that is an 8 year-old girl, in foreign commerce, from Canada to the State of Michigan, with the intent that such 8 year-old girl engage in prostitution and sexual activity for which Waltman could be charged with a criminal offense, according to court documents.

In addition, Waltman knowingly attempted to travel in interstate commerce, from the State of Ohio to the State of Michigan, for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with an eight year-old girl.

The conduct took place between June 15, 2010 through July 25, 2010, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Northern District of Ohio Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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