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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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August 18, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thornton Resident Sentenced on
Transportation of a Minor with Intent to
Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity Charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - A 49 year old Thornton, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on August 16, 2010, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II announced that BRADLEY BARRETT was sentenced to 405 months imprisonment to be followed by lifetime supervision. BARRETT, a tour bus driver, entered a plea of guilty on April 23, 2010, to the transportation of a minor girl from West Virginia to a Virginia hotel as part of a tour of Washington, DC, in June 2008, with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. BARRETT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew R. Cogar. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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