June 10, 2010
JURY CONVICTS “SENIORLOVERMAN” OF ATTEMPTED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A 73-year-old man who called himself “Seniorloverman” online has been convicted of using a telephone and a computer connected to the Internet in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
The jury’s guilty verdict finding George Ivar Musick, 73, of Harker Heights, Texas, guilty was accepted by Senior United States District Court Judge Hayden Head on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Sentencing has been set for Aug. 26, 2010. Musick faces a mandatory minimum sentence of no less than 10 years incarceration and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest following the filing of a federal criminal complaint in March 2010.
During the two-day trial, witness testimony detailed how Musick began chatting via the Internet while using the AOL (America Online) screen name “seniorloverman,” in an online chat room dedicated to adults who are interested in engaging in sexual activities with minors. While in this chat room, Musick unknowingly encountered an undercover Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) detective posing as the 41-year-old mother of two daughters, ages 12 and 13. During online chats and e-mails with the undercover detective, beginning Feb. 9, 2010, and continuing through Feb. 26, 2010, Musick described in explicit detail his desire to engage in sexual acts with the 13-year-old daughter. Musick also expressed his willingness to travel to Corpus Christi to engage in these sexual acts with the child. Jurors also heard that Musick had engaged in similar chats with the undercover detective’s 13-year-old child persona. During numerous chats with the 13-year-old, Musick described the sexual acts he intended to perform on the child and expressed to the child the need for their activities to remain a secret from everyone else.
On Feb. 26, 2010, Musick traveled from Harker Heights, Texas, near Waco, Texas, to Corpus Christi, Texas, with the intention of engaging in sexual activity with the 13-year-old child. Instead, he was met by CCPD and arrested.
This case investigated by the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafetchildhood.gov.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke is prosecuting the case.
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