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District of Idaho

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spokane Man Sent to Prison for Traveling to Idaho to Have Sex with Minor

COEUR D’ALENE – Jesse Lauren Van Orsow, 29, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 37 months in prison for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Van Orsow was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Nye at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.  Van Orsow pleaded guilty on August 21, 2018.

According court records, in August 2017, Van Orsow exchanged email and text messages with an undercover police officer posing online as a thirteen-year-old female.  In these messages, Van Orsow wrote that he wanted to have sex with the minor.  On August 25, 2017, Van Orsow traveled from Spokane to Idaho to have sex with the person he believed to be a thirteen year-old female.  Officers arrested Van Orsow when he arrived in Idaho.

Following his 37-month prison sentence, Judge Nye ordered Van Orsow to serve seven years on supervised release.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Coeur d’Alene Police Department, and Washington Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the 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.

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Updated April 10, 2019