U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich announces DOJ grant for Montana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
BILLINGS — A Billings man who was arrested in an undercover investigation when he went to a location expecting to meet a boy for sex admitted to a coercion crime today, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.
Kyle Ray Schwindt, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and enticement. Schwindt faces a mandatory minimum 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least five years of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan presided. A sentencing date will be set before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Schwindt was detained pending further proceedings.
The government alleged in court documents that on July 14, law enforcement conducted an undercover operation in Billings in which law enforcement assumed the identity of a fictitious 13-year-old male online. On that day, Schwindt contacted the fictitious profile. During those communications, law enforcement claimed to be a 13-year-old boy and told Schwindt of being 13 years old. The communications became increasing sexual in nature and led to plans to meet at a location in Billings. On July 15, Schwindt was arrested when he arrived at the meeting location and later admitted he traveled to the location to meet a 13-year-old boy for a sexual encounter.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zeno B. Baucus and Bryan T. Dake are prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI and Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office.
This case was initiated under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, which was launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. Through a network of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations, Project Safe Childhood attempts to protect children by investigating and prosecuting offenders involved in child sexual exploitation. It is implemented through partnerships including the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.
Clair Johnson Howard
Public Affairs Officer