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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Monroe County Man Charged With Sex Trafficking Of A Minor

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that David R. Parker, age 39, of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information with sex trafficking involving a minor.

 

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the criminal information alleges that from June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Parker engaged in sex trafficking involving a minor.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski is prosecuting the case.

 

The Criminal Information was filed pursuant to a plea agreement, which is subject to approval by the court, wherein it is indicated that Parker be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 360 months, sexual offender registration, and a lifetime of supervision by a probation officer following his release.

 

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 the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

 

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

 

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

 

The maximum penalty under federal law is life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 3, 2017