Brevard County Man Arraigned On Child Exploitation Charges
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Jonathan Tyler Prive (25, West Melbourne) was arraigned today in federal court on an indictment charging him with one count of online enticement of a minor and one count of attempted online enticement of a minor. If convicted, Prive faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, up to life in prison.
According to the indictment, on September 9, 2013 through September 10, 2013, Prive used a means of interstate commerce to induce and coerce a minor individual into engaging in illegal sexual activity. Prive attempted to engage in this same conduct again on November 4, 2013 through November 5, 2013.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.
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 (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.projectsafechildhood.gov.