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St. Paul, Minnesota Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Using The Internet To Induce A Fresno Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — John Baker Rose, 77, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 10 years in prison, followed by a ten-year term of supervised release, for using the internet to induce a minor in Fresno, Calfiornia to engage in illegal sexual activity, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. The court also ordered that Rose pay the minor victim $25,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, from approximately September 2015 through November 2015, Rose met a 14-year-old minor female from Fresno online and groomed her through buying her a computer, jewelry, and clothing. Rose traveled to Fresno on two occasions to engage in sexual intercourse with her.  

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the Fresno Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), St. Paul, Minnesota and Fresno Police Departments. Assistant United States Attorney Brian W. Enos 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 United States 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 Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.

Updated October 11, 2018

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 1:16-cr-0154 DAD