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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

Monday, February 8, 2016

Norfolk College Student Pleads Guilty to Coercing and Enticing a Minor

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Dylan Allen Jeffries, 26, of Clifton Forge, pleaded guilty today to charges of coercion or enticement of a minor.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Jeffries, who previosuly attended college in Norfolk, acknowledged using two social networking accounts to communicate with at least two underage girls, then ages 12 and 13.  The communication revealed that Jeffries was aware of their age at the time he communicated with them.  Jeffries also acknowledged possessing a hard drive on which he illegally stored photos and videos of underage girls. Jeffries admitted to receiving many of the images from the girls depicted in them through social media and email communications.

Jeffries was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 16, 2015.  He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on May 10, 2016.  The maximum and mandatory minimum statutory sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Krask.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kaitlin C. Gratton and Lisa R. McKeel are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:15cr83

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Updated February 9, 2016