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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Clearwater Man Pleads Guilty To Filming His Sexual Assault Of A 12-Year-Old Child

Tampa, Florida – Sergio Lohan (24, Clearwater) today pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child and using his cell phone to film the incident. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Lohan and the 12-year-old child victim met online through a social media application. Over time, Lohan engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the child, solicited and received sexually explicit images from the child, and sent the victim a video showing himself masturbating. Within a few months of meeting, Lohan drove to the child’s home, picked the child up in his car, sexually assaulted the child, and video-recorded the assault using his cellphone. Later, Lohan sent this video to the child using the internet.

The FBI, while investigating this offense, executed a search warrant at Lohan’s residence and seized his computer. On that computer, the FBI recovered evidence of Lohan’s sexual abuse and exploitation of this child victim, as well as sexually explicit communications with other individuals identifying themselves as minor children.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the North Port Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Colin McDonell.

This is another case 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.

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Updated August 17, 2021