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Tampa Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Attempted Coercion And Enticement Of A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger has sentenced Demetrius Reddick (36, Tampa) to 10 years in federal prison for attempted coercion or enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. The court also ordered Reddick to serve a 15-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. He also forfeited a cellphone that was used in the commission of the offense. Reddick had pleaded guilty on September 13, 2022.

According to court documents, Reddick spent approximately two months communicating with an undercover detective, who was posing as a 13-year-old girl, over a social media platform. During these conversations, Reddick engaged the fictious child in sexual conversations, and ultimately traveled to a hotel in Orlando to meet for the purpose of engaging in sexual activities with the child.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Laurie.

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 February 24, 2023

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