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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Florida Man Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Attempting To Entice A Minor For Sex

Orlando, FL –U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Eric Bishop (43, Orlando) to 17 years and 5 months in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. He pleaded guilty on September 25, 2017.  

According to court documents, between June 12 and June 21, 2017, Bishop communicated with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as the grandfather of a five-year-old autistic child. During those communications, Bishop made plans to meet and have sex with the “child.” When arrived to meet with the “child,” he was arrested.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alejandro J. Salicrup.

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 February 2, 2018