Federal Grand Jury Indicts Man on Child Enticement and Obscenity Charges
DALLAS — A federal grand jury in Dallas returned a three-count indictment today charging Andrew Dale McKee, 35, with two counts of attempted enticement of a minor and one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. McKee has been in custody since his arrest on April 26, 2012, on related charges.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, in April 2012, “Jane Doe” received and accepted a Facebook “friend request” from someone she did not know by the name of Andrew McKee. Jane Doe’s Facebook page displayed her true birth date, school name and cell phone number. McKee began texting her and in the ensuing conversations, offered $100 to her or a willing friend to engage in sexually explicit conduct with him. He also sent her a sexually explicit, obscene image.
After law enforcement was notified, an officer with the Garland Police Department, acting in an undercover capacity, assumed Jane Doe’s identity and texted McKee, advising that she had found a willing friend. Sexually explicit text messaging continued between Jane Doe and McKee, and he again sent the above-referenced obscene image to her.
At the same time that the undercover officer, acting as Jane Doe, was texting McKee, the officer, posing as the “friend,” and using another cell phone number, texted McKee. For two days, the undercover officer, posing as the “friend,” and McKee exchanged text messages during which McKee repeatedly suggested that they meet to engage in unlawful sex acts. On the morning of April 26, 2012, the “friend” received several text messages from McKee, who indicated that he was “on his way.” When McKee arrived, he was arrested by officers with the Garland Police Department.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, each of the enticement counts carry a statutory sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. The transfer of obscene material to a minor count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.
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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources." http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/
The case is being investigated by the Garland Police Department and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller is in charge of the prosecution.
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