Man Who Enticed a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity is Sentenced to 300 Months in Federal Prison
DALLAS — A man who travelled from the Pacific-Northwest to Dallas to engage in sexual activity with a minor, was sentenced today in federal court in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Phillip Amisano-Camillo, 43, a resident of Canada, was sentenced to 300 months (25 years) in federal prison, to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis. Amisano-Camillo pleaded guilty on Friday, August 16, 2013, to one count of enticement of a minor. His trial, on a two-count indictment charging not only enticement, but also one count of traveling with intent to engage in sexual acts with a minor, was scheduled to begin the following Monday. Today, per the plea agreement, the Court dismissed the traveling count.
According to documents filed in the case, Camillo admitted he met “John Doe” in an Internet chat room in April 2012. In the days and weeks after he met John Doe, whom he knew was a 14-year-old minor, Camillo “chatted” online with him via Skype. Camillo admitted that in May 2012, he traveled from Washington State to Dallas to meet John Doe for a sexual encounter. Camillo also admits that before and during his time in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, he enticed and persuaded John Doe to sneak out of his home and meet him to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Camillo admits that he took John Doe to a local hotel and engaged in sexual activity with him.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s 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 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.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Irving Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa J. Miller and Aisha Saleem prosecuted.
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