Anchorage Man Convicted of Attempted Sex Trafficking and Exploitation of Minors
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that, yesterday, a federal jury in Anchorage convicted Danny Ray Lowe, 49, of two counts of attempted sexual trafficking of a minor, and two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
The jury found Lowe guilty on all four counts after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline. Lowe faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, and a life term of supervised release. The sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 3, 2018.
According to evidence presented at trial, Lowe used text messages to negotiate the time, place, and price to have sex with two girls, aged 13 and 14. On Sept. 12, 2017, Lowe arrived at Anchorage motel, ready and willing to pay $150 for two hours of illegal sex with the two minors. When Lowe knocked on the motel room door, however, local and federal law enforcement officers arrested him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) conducted the joint investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonas M. Walker.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide 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.