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Wilkes-Barre man sentenced for internet enticement of minor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 39-year-old Wilkes-Barre resident was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik for using the internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Corey Aiken previously admitted to committing the offense during October 2007 to June 2008.

      Aiken was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2010, as a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Luzerne and Lackawanna County Detectives, and the Sheriff's Office in Berleley County, South Carolina.

     Judge Kosik also ordered that Aiken be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life following his release from prison. Aiken must also pay a special assessment of $100. Aiken must also comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Aiken also faces the possibility of being committed to a medical facility after serving his prison sentence should he be determined to be a sexually dangerous offender.

      U.S. Attorney Smith noted that this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. 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 via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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