Dallas County Man is Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Enticing a Minor
DALLAS — Kenneth Roger Tedford, 56, of Kaufman, Texas, was sentenced late yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 10 years in federal prison and a 10 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea in March 2012 to one count of enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Tedford has been in custody since his arrest in October 2011.
According to documents filed in the case, in late November 2010, Tedford hired a female minor, whom he knew was 17-years-old at the time, to engage in sexual relations with him. After arranging their meeting via cell phone, Tedford rented a hotel room and instructed the minor to meet him there. In the room, Tedford and the minor female repeatedly engaged in sexual activity. Tedford gave her cash, and at times, narcotic drugs, to entice her into having sex with him.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation was conducted by the Garland Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Schall was in charge of the prosecution.
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