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Olympia Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Child Sex Trafficking

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

https://www.justice.gov/pscSpokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Paul Rosier, age 76, of Olympia, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on June 26, 2018, to Attempted Child Sex Trafficking. Senior United States District Court Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Rosier to a 10-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a life term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison. Judge Shea also ordered Rosier to pay $105,000 in fines, $5,000 of which was ordered pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Rosier will be required to register as sex offender upon his release from confinement.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, as part of an undercover sting operation, a Kennewick Police Department detective with the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, posing as a 16-year old minor and pimp, signed on to the “Pinger” social media application and received a message from Rosier stating Rosier planned to be in the Kennewick area and was looking for a “hook up” and a “rub and more.” As part of the sting operation, the undercover detective replied that he had a 13-year old friend who might be available. Rosier text-messaged the undercover detective asking if the 13-year old was available for an “outcall,” a commercial sex trade term that means the person performing the service comes to the customer’s location. Rosier also sent a message to the undercover detective asking for “Daty” and “bbbj”, commercial sex industry terms for oral sex on a female and oral sex performed on a male without a condom. Rosier specifically requested the 13-year old girl perform these acts. When the undercover detective asked Rosier what the 13-year old was worth to him, Rosier text-messaged $160, and indicated he wanted “FS,” an abbreviation for “full service” and meaning intercourse. The undercover detective, posing as a pimp, replied that his fee was an additional $40. Rosier messaged the undercover detective that he was at a hotel in Kennewick, Washington, and provided his room number. After the undercover detective notified Rosier the under-age girl was at the hotel, members of the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Rosier when he went to meet her. A search incident to arrest revealed Rosier possessed $200.

Joseph H. Harrington said, “I commend the outstanding work of the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Kennewick Police Department. Sexual predators routinely target the young and most vulnerable in our communities. The sentence imposed removes a sexual predator from the streets and sends a strong message that the federal government will use all of the tools at its disposal to investigate and prosecute these crimes.”

“Adults who prey on children deserve the consequences of their actions. In this case, Rosier was looking for a child to engage in sexual acts with him. Thanks to the efforts of the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, we prevented him from doing so,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Seattle. “Combatting child predators is truly a team effort that requires the cooperation of local, state and federal law enforcement entities, and this case is testament that the work we do truly does make our community safer.”

This case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the United States Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. The Project Safe Childhood Initiative (“PSC”) has five major components:

· Integrated federal, state, and local efforts to investigate and prosecute child exploitation cases, and to identify and rescue children;

· Participation of PSC partners in coordinated national initiatives;

· Increased federal enforcement in child pornography and enticement cases;

· Training of federal, state, and local law enforcement agents; and

· Community awareness and educational programs.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Kennewick Police Department, and the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Laurel Holland and Scott T. Jones, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Updated October 4, 2018

Press Release Number: 4:17-CR-06011-EFS