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Friday, July 21, 2017

Sanford Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Enticement Of A Minor

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. sentenced Steven A. Morrill (54, Sanford) to 20 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity. The Court also ordered him to forfeit a cellphone that had been used in furtherance of the commission of the offense.

 

Morrill was found guilty on April 18, 2017, after a jury trial.

 

According to the evidence presented during the trial, between November 8, 2016, and November 17, 2017, Morrill engaged in communications with a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was acting in an undercover capacity as the father of two minors, 9 and 11 years old. Morrill expressed his intent to engage both minors in illicit sexual activity, and he traveled to a location in Lake Mary to meet the children. As a result, Morrill was arrested and confessed to the crime.

 

During the sentencing hearing, the judge found that Morrill had engaged in a pattern of prohibited sexual conduct against minors and emphasized the seriousness of Morrill’s intended offense.

 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

 

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 July 21, 2017