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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Air Force Staff Sergeant to Ten Years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor for Sex

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven today sentenced Air Force Staff Sergeant Timothy Ray Oliver, II (36, Tampa) to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sex acts. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the computers and phone he had used while committing the offense. Oliver pleaded guilty on June 12, 2014.

 According to court documents, on October 20, 2013, Oliver posted an advertisement on a public website soliciting members of the public for sex and advising that he was interested in “any age, size, or race.”  An undercover law enforcement officer, posing as a 15-year-old “child” responded to Oliver’s ad. Oliver and the “child” subsequently communicated via email and Oliver told the “child” that he wanted to engage in sexual intercourse. Oliver repeatedly attempted to elicit personal information from the “child,” including naked photos. In addition, Oliver sent images of sex toys, graphically describing sexual acts that he wished to perform on the “child,” and repeatedly made plans for a meeting.

On November 5, 2013, Oliver arrived at an agreed upon location in the Ballast Point area of Tampa to meet the “child” and was arrested.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda C. Kaiser.

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 United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.

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Updated March 10, 2015