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Schuylkill County Man Sentenced To 13 Years’ Imprisonment For Attempted Enticement Of A Minor For Sex

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

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brian Tate, age 35, of Gordon, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 18, 2017, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to 156 months’ imprisonment for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.


According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Tate previously pleaded guilty to traveling to a hotel to engage in sex with a six-year-old female. Between October 17, 2016 and November 9, 2016, Tate used the internet to arrange for the minor to be brought to the hotel to meet him for sex. Tate was arrested after he arrived at the hotel on November 9.


Judge Caputo also ordered that Tate serve 10 years on supervised release following his prison sentence. Tate must also comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.


Tate was indicted by a grand jury in November 2016, following an investigation by agents of Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."



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Updated December 19, 2017

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