Internet Predator Sentenced To 40 Years In Federal Prison
Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Chad Theodore Dillon (45, Okaloosa County) to 40 years in federal prison for online enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the 2006 Ford F-150 truck he had used to meet a victim.
Dillon pleaded guilty on January 18, 2017.
According to court documents, this investigation began in April 2016, when an agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an undercover investigation to identify users of a particular app who were attempting to entice and sexually exploit children. On April 22, 2016, an FDLE undercover agent published a post that read, “Being 13 and being alone is just no fun at all.” Within a few minutes, the agent received a private message from “Ice Whale,” that read, “R u m or f?,” which initiated a conversation between the two. During the conversation, “Ice Whale,” later determined to be Dillon, repeatedly solicited the “child” for sexual acts. Dillon also offered to have sex with the “child’s” 12-year-old “friend,” who he believed to be sleeping over at the “child’s” house. He also claimed to have had sex with 12-year-olds a “couple times.” Dillon provided his cellphone number to the “child” and claimed that his name was “Cory.” Despite repeated conversation, Dillon declined to meet with the “child” for the sexual encounter discussed. However, further investigation revealed that Dillon had previously solicited a 13-year-old child online to produce nude images of herself.
After determining that “Ice Whale” was Dillon, FDLE agents obtained a warrant for Dillon’s cellphone and found chat messages revealing he had traveled to Georgia to have sex with a minor, and had enticed a different child to produce pornography and to meet him for sex.
“FDLE appreciates the assistance of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the FBI in safely apprehending this predator, and commends the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s diligence in prosecuting this case,” said Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “We are focused on protecting families and removing these threats to our children.”
"The FBI Jacksonville Division and our law enforcement partners are committed to identifying those who prey on our children, and this case is one example of our relentless efforts to stop them," said Special Agent in Charge Charles P. Spencer. “Today’s sentencing sends a message that child exploitation is a threat that will not be ignored, and we will stop at nothing to protect these innocent victims, and seek justice for the heinous acts committed against them.”
This case was investigated by Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.