Ada Man Found Guilty Of Enticement Of A Minor
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Floyd Preston Miller III, age 38, of Ada, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of Enticement Of A Minor Using The Internet, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b). The jury trial began with testimony on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and concluded on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 with the guilty verdict.
Evidence at trial proved that from in or about November 2015, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, until on or about February 8, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant used a facility and means of interstate commerce, the Internet, to attempt to knowingly persuade, induce, and entice an individual whom he believed was 15 years old, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law.
The verdict obtained was the result of an investigation by the Las Vegas Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the North Las Vegas Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Preying upon children, whether in person or via the internet, is not only illegal, it is despicable. Sometimes perpetrators gain an advantage over law enforcement agents because the internet allows there to be distance from victims which span geographic and jurisdictional boundaries. But in this case the ICAC Task Force in Las Vegas, the North Las Vegas Police, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office worked together to overcome the challenges that are inherent in Internet Enticement cases to achieve justice for the victim.”
“Speaking more generally, I want parents to be aware that predators do exist and they can enter your children’s rooms without ever stepping foot in the same state. Stay informed of the latest trends in chat rooms, social media, and the various phone apps that make it easy for strangers to seek out and communicate with children. Be aware of their phone activity and internet history. Just because a child is “safely” at home no longer means that predators have no access to them. Predators are using the internet, are very savvy with it, and are very much aware of how to lure children.”
The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in custody pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.