Roseville Man Sentenced to over 21 Years in Prison for Soliciting Minors for Sex Using Phone Chat Application
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jacob Anthony Mora, 33, of Roseville, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 21 years and 10 months in prison and lifetime supervision upon release, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Mora used the online application, Kik Messenger, to encourage girls between the ages of 14 and 17 to send him sexually explicit photographs, engage in sexually explicit conversations, and to meet him to have sex. Mora would also send obscene images of himself to underage girls he met online. In some cases, Mora represented that he was younger than his actual age, claiming to be 19 years old, when exchanging messages with his victims. When arrested, Mora admitted that he had met four underage girls for sex, and that he liked chatting with minor girls since they were easy to get and naive.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rocklin and Roseville Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Anderson prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.