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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jury Convicts Florida National Guardsman Of Attempting To Entice A Minor For Sex

Orlando, FL – Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announces that a federal jury has found John David Stahlman (35, Longwood) guilty of one count of attempting to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 10, 2017.


Stahlman was indicted on November 15, 2016.


According to the testimony and evidence presented at trial, on November 10, 2016, Stahlman posted an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a “young ‘looking’ girl” for possible “physical pleasure.” An FBI agent acting in an undercover capacity responded to the advertisement and introduced himself as the single father of an 11-year-old child. During a two and a half-month period, Stahlman made plans to meet and have sex with the 11-year-old, and eventually traveled to meet with the minor. He was subsequently arrested.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alejandro J. Salicrup and Karen Gable.


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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 31, 2017