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July 29, 2011

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn — A federal grand jury indicted a man on June 28, 2011, for attempting to entice a twelve-year-old child to engage in illegal sexual activity.

Raymond Walter Boden, age 57, of Knoxville, Tennessee, is charged with using a facility of interstate and foreign commerce to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity under Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b). Today, Boden had an initial appearance before the Honorable H. Bruce Guyton, United States Magistrate Judge, who set a detention hearing for Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. The trial is scheduled for August 30, 2011, before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, United States District Judge. The potential penalty, if convicted, is a mandatory term of imprisonment not less than ten years and up to life, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life, and a $100 special court assessment.

Assistant United States Attorney Melissa M. Millican will represent the United States. This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Members of the public are reminded that these are only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was part of the Department's Project Safe Childhood program. Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children.

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