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St. Charles County Man Sentenced For Using Interstate Facilities To Entice A Minor

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

St. Louis, MO – MICHAEL ENGLER was sentenced to 60 months in prison for using interstate facilities to entice a minor on Craigslist. But that minor was an undercover officer working with the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Task Force.

According to court documents, in October 2013, an undercover officer posing as an 18-year-old posted a "male looking for a male" ad on Craigslist and Engler responded. When the undercover officer told Engler he was "14 years old," Engler still wanted to meet the child. When the "14-year-old" expressed hesitation, Engler told him he knew about boys experimenting and told him he was in a Boy Scouts "Venturing Program" for kids aged 14 – 20.  On October 15, Engler agreed to meet with the officer posing as the 14-year-old boy saying he would teach him about oral sex. Engler was arrested on October 16, 2013, when he showed up at the designated meeting spot behind an ice rink on Brentwood Boulevard.

Engler, St. Charles, Missouri, pled guilty in January to one felony count of using interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity. He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Henry Autrey.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis County Police Department in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service and the St. Charles County Cybercrime Unit.

Updated April 17, 2023