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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Somerset County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Sexually Explicit Conduct

Posed as a Female to Engage in Online Communications with Minor Females

Baltimore, Maryland – On February 5, 2019, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Christian Moylan, age 38, of Eden, Maryland, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for his conviction on attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.  Judge Bennett also ordered that, upon Moylan’s release from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is employed, and where is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Acting Special Agent in Charge Cardell T. Morant of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore Field Office; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi of Maryland State Police.

According to the plea agreement, on December 7, 2016, Moylan sent a sexually explicit photograph of a pre-pubescent girl over the internet. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was notified, and the Maryland State Police and HSI initiated an investigation. The investigation revealed that, for several years, Moylan used a fake female identity to communicate with minors using a messaging application. He used this fake identity to meet young girls in various Internet chat rooms, and then would start private online conversations with some of the girls he met online.  Pretending to be a girl, Moylan would initially communicate with the girls he met online about age-appropriate topics, such as cheerleading and school, and then he would gradually engage in more sexually explicit conversations. Between June 26, 2014 and September 2, 2014, Moylan used his computer to send very sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl, and he persuaded, and attempted to persuade the teenager to send him sexually explicit photos of herself. 

Moylan also possessed more than 1,000 images of child pornography, including images that portrayed the sexual abuse of prepubescent minors, including a toddler.

Moylan’s federal sentence will be served concurrently to the state sentence Moylan is currently serving.

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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab on the left of the page.        

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the HSI and the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Duey, who prosecuted the federal case.

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Marcia Murphy (410) 209-4854
Updated February 6, 2019