Bucks County Man Convicted at Trial of Attempting to Meet an 11-Year-Old for Sex and Related Charges
PHILADELPHIA – Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Kyle Paine, 27, of Langhorne, PA, was convicted by a federal jury at trial of multiple child exploitation offenses which arose from an undercover investigation into the defendant’s online communications.
In January 2020, the defendant was charged by Indictment with attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual conduct, attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and possession of child pornography. The charges stem from Paine’s online communication in March 2019 with an undercover FBI agent, whom the defendant believed to be an 11-year-old child who would meet him for sex. The defendant also requested that the girl self-produce child pornography and send it to him, and sent her a sexually explicit image in an attempt to entice her to do so.
“Paine’s child victimization is over,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “Child sexual exploitation is so pervasive and harmful, made even more so by the easy availability of digital media and communications. Further, the ability to hide this type of activity online can make these cases even more difficult to investigate. As always, we stand ready with our federal partners to identify and prosecute these criminals and protect children everywhere from predators like Paine.”
“Not only did Kyle Paine amass images of child sexual abuse, he sought out sex with a child,” said Bradley S. Benavides, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “It’s imperative for the FBI and our law enforcement partners to intercept such predators when we find them, and we’re gratified to see Mr. Paine brought to justice in this case. Protecting children is the priority here.”
“This kind of teamwork between the U.S Attorney’s office and the Bensalem Township Police Department allows us the opportunity to investigate these horrific crimes especially against our most vulnerable victims,” said Frederick A. Harran, Director of Public Safety for Bensalem Township. “Taking the worse kind of criminals off of our streets remains our priority. The internet continues to remain a threat to our community and must educate our children on the dangers it poses”
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce the sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bensalem Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Harrell.