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Allegheny County Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison For Enticing A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County has been sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison to be followed by 10 years supervised release, as well as paying a $25,000 fine, on his conviction of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on John A. Brownlee, III, 62.

According to information presented to the court, beginning on Nov. 1, 2010, and continuing thereafter until May 12, 2011, Brownlee used facilities and means of interstate and foreign commerce, specifically a computer, the Internet and the telephone, to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Brownlee.

Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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