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Missouri Man Indicted for Travelling to Louisiana to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with Twelve-Year-Old Female

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

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ERIC CHARLES FULLER, age 54, from Springfield, Missouri, was indicted on February 23, 2024 for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b) (Count 1), and interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(b) (Count 2).

According to the indictment, between on or about December 7, 2023, and January 12, 2024, FULLER attempted to persuade and entice an individual he believed to be a twelve-year-old female to engage in illegal and illicit sexual activity. Between January 11, 2024, and January 12, 2024, FULLER travelled from Springfield, Missouri, to Mandeville, Louisiana, by automobile for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct with the individual FULLER believed to be a twelve-year-old female.

If convicted, FULLER faces a mandatory minimum of ten (10) years in prison up to life in prison as to Count 1 and a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than thirty (30) years as to Count 2. As to each count, FULLER also faces at least five (5) years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. FULLER may also be required to register as a sex offender. 

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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 (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

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, Chief of the Public Integrity Unit, is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated February 28, 2024

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