Petersburg, Illinois, Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Receipt, and Distribution of Child Pornography
PEORIA, Ill. – A Chicago, Illinois, man, Eric T. Bogan, Jr., 36, of the 2000 block of West 21st Place, was sentenced on November 2, 2022, to 148 months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Bogan will also be required to comply with the sex offender registry.
At the sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid, the United States presented evidence that Bogan believed he was communicating with the father of an 11-year-old daughter on an online platform. For more than three months, Bogan discussed meeting with that individual to pay to have sex with the child. Bogan explicitly detailed the sexual acts he wanted to engage in with the girl. He also offered to bring the girl a marijuana edible to give her when they met for sex. Bogan arranged a meeting in January 2022. Law enforcement agents arrested him and searched his car pursuant to a warrant. They discovered a package of marijuana peanut butter edibles in the vehicle.
The statutory penalties for attempted enticement of a minor are 10 years to life imprisonment, a possible fine of up to $250,000, and up to a life term of supervised release. The charge also carries a mandatory special assessment of $5,000 under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 if the defendant is not indigent.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Hollingshead-Cook represented the United States in the prosecution.
The case against Bogan was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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