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Lake County Man Indicted For Attempting To Entice A 13-Year-Old To Engage In Sexual Activity

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

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Kahlil Yanier Amilivia Rodriguez (25, Ocala) with using the internet and his cellphone to attempt to entice a minor child to engage in sexual activity. If convicted, Rodriguez faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

According to court records, on October 5, 2023, Rodriguez had an online conversation with an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 13-year-old girl. Rodriguez graphically described to the fictional child the sexual acts he wanted to perform with her. Rodriguez was subsequently arrested when he arrived at a pre-determined location to meet with the minor to engage in the sex acts. When investigators seized Rodriguez’s cellphone and tablet, they discovered that he also was attempting to entice another minor into sexual activity. That minor, however, was a separate law enforcement officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Janette Swartzberg.

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 December 18, 2023

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