WHIDBEY ISLAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING THE INTERNET TO ENTICE A MINOR TO TRAVEL FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Crime Uncovered when Girl Mistakenly Takes Plane to Washington D.C.
JOHN LEONARD YOUNG, 46, of Coupeville, Washington pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle today to Using the Internet to Entice a Minor to Travel for Illegal Sexual Activity. When sentenced on January 25, 2007, YOUNG faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and up to thirty years in prison.
According to the plea agreement filed today, in late 2004 and early 2005, YOUNG communicated over the internet with a 14-year-old girl who lived in the Chicago area. The girl met YOUNG in an internet chat room. Over a two week period the two communicated both over the internet and by telephone. YOUNG’s communication with the girl included bold, detailed discussions about sex. YOUNG used a business credit card to pay for a plane ticket for the girl to travel to Seattle to be with him. The travel was to take place on January 21, 2005. YOUNG urged the girl to remove the hard drive from her computer so that after she left her parent’s home, she would be more difficult to find. Instead of waiting until January 21, 2005 to travel, the girl went to the airport on January 12th, and using her own money bought a ticket to the wrong Washington. Metropolitan Washington Airport Police contacted the FBI after the girl arrived at Dulles Airport, upset that she had meant to fly to Seattle, but had wound up in Washington D.C.
After contacting the girl’s parents, FBI agents continued to investigate and recovered some of the communications from the girl’s computer. A court authorized search of YOUNG’s home and computers revealed not only his communications with the girl, but child pornography as well.
The case was investigated by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Reese Jennings.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.