Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Obscenity Charge
Defendant Sent Obscene Photograph to 14-Year-Old Girls Via Facebook and Text Messaging
DALLAS — Andrew Dale McKee, 36, formerly of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Dallas, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver, to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the terms of the plea agreement, if the Court accepts McKee’s plea, the parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment is 87 months in federal prison. In addition, McKee, who remains in federal custody, faces up to a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be on February 1, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.
McKee admits that in April 2012, he sent a friend request to Jane Doe, a 14-year-old girl, via Facebook. Jane Doe’s Facebook page was public, listing her name, true birth date, middle school, and her cell phone number. After Jane Doe accepted his friend request, McKee text messaged her, engaging in sexually explicit messaging and sending her an obscene photograph.
McKee indicated to Jane Doe that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with her and another friend, “Britany,” who McKee also believed was a 14-year-old girl. Via his cell phone, McKee ultimately persuaded “Britany” to meet him in Garland, Texas, to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. McKee also admits that he sent “Britany” the same obscene image he sent to Jane Doe.
On April 26, 2012, McKee used public transportation to meet “Britany” in Garland, at a prearranged time and place, intending to engage in sexual activity with her. Instead, when he arrived, he was arrested by officers with the Garland Police Department.
This matter 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.” http://www.justice.gov/psc/
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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