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Jacksonville Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Enticing and Sexually Abusing a Minor

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Jacksonville man was sentenced today to 420 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for enticing and sexually abusing a minor.  On August 17, 2020, Emilio R. Moran pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Moran, 39, enticed a minor into a prolonged sexual relationship while living in Okinawa, Japan.  Moran, a former U.S. Marine, was working in Okinawa at the time of the crime.  Moran used text messages and gifts to entice the minor into the illicit relationship.  The sexual relationship ended when the parents of the minor discovered it and reported the crime to investigators with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.  

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case and U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Trial Attorney Charles Schmitz and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted the case.

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:19-cr-00479-D-1.

Updated August 4, 2021

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