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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tampa Man Sentenced For Attempted Sex Trafficking Of A Child

Tampa, FL – Chief United States District Court judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced James Patrick Manning (25, Tampa) to 10 years in federal prison for the attempted sex trafficking of a child. Manning was indicted on March 29, 2016.

According to court documents, Manning responded to an advertisement that had been posted on Backpage.com by Homeland Security Investigations and sent several text messages to an undercover law enforcement officer stating that he wanted to have sex with a 14-year-old girl. After negotiating the price, Manning drove to the designated location, met with an undercover agent, and paid to have sex with the 14-year-old girl.

“This sentencing sets a new precedence aimed at the demand for child sex trafficking, or ‘johns,’” said Susan L. McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa.  “These criminals will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.

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 October 12, 2016