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McKinney, Texas, Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Federal Prison for Enticing Child to Engage in Deviate Sexual Relations

March 2, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Johnathon D. Caudill, 24, of McKinney, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 180 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in November 2011 to one count of enticing a child to engage in sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge McBryde ordered that Caudill register as a sex offender and serve a lifetime of supervised release.

According to documents filed in the case, an officer with the Fort Worth Police Department, working undercover, posted an advertisement on the Dallas Craigslist/Personals/ miscellaneous romance page advertising his girlfriend’s two minor daughters. Within 20 minutes of posting the ad, Caudill contacted the officer by emailing a sexually explicit photograph of himself to the officer. The officer informed Caudill that the girls were ages 11 and 13 and sent images of two minor female girls to Caudill. Caudill then asked if the girls would engage in sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse, to which the officer responded that they would. Caudill informed the undercover officer that he would use a condom and wanted the girls to wear diapers during the sessions of sexual intercourse and deviate sexual intercourse.

A meeting was arranged and Caudill arrived at the meeting place in north Fort Worth as planned. When he did not receive a timely response from the officer to a text message, Caudill left the parking lot and was arrested shortly thereafter. Condoms, diapers and a $100 bill were located inside his vehicle.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources.".

The Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis was in charge of the prosecution.

















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