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

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, FL – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Thomas Dean Peron (30, Sanford) to 17 years and 5 months in federal prison. Peron pleaded guilty on June 25, 2018.

According to court documents, between February 21 and February 22, 2018, Peron communicated with an undercover FBI agent who was posing as the father of a nine-year-old child. During those communications, Peron made plans to meet and have sex with the “child.” When Peron arrived to meet 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

Updated September 10, 2018

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