MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED TO 145 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR COERCION OF A MINOR
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2012
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – Herman H. Kamphuis, 44, of Cedar Springs, Michigan has been sentenced to serve 145 months in federal prison for traveling from his home to Columbus, Ohio to have sex with two pre-teen girls.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, and the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
According to court documents, an undercover investigator patrolling the internet on February 2, 2012 was contacted in a chat room by Kamphuis. The investigator was posing as the father of two pre-teen girls. Kamphuis quickly turned the chat sexual. The two continued to exchange messages until March 7 when they arranged to meet on March 9.
When Kamphuis arrived for the meeting, task force officers arrested him. Kamphuis had with him a computer containing hundreds of images and movies of child pornography, which he had discussed watching with the two minor girls. Kamphuis has been in custody since his arrest.
Kamphuis pleaded guilty on May 3, 2012 to one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.
“The court also recommended that Kamphuis be placed in a sex offender treatment program,” Stewart said. “After his release, Kamphuis will be under court supervision for 15 years as a way to ensure community safety.”
Stewart commended the investigation by task force officers, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Hill, who prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division'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 as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.