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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of North Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Longview, WA, Man Sentenced to 7 years for Attempted Unlawful Sexual Acts with a Minor

BISMARCK – United States Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced that on June 11, 2018, Chief United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland sentenced Timothy Joshua Adam Carnahan, age 24, Longview, WA, on charges of Attempted Transportation to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Acts with a Minor.  Judge Hovland sentenced Carnahan to serve 7 years and 6 months in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years supervised release. 

This investigation was initiated by law enforcement when Carnahan responded to an ad on Craigslist that advertised the availability of a young female as an escort.  Unbeknownst to Carnahan, the ad was placed online by an officer with the Bismarck Police Department acting in an undercover capacity as a 17-year-old female.  Carnahan arranged to pick up the minor female at a local shopping center and take her to his residence to engage in sexual acts.  Upon arrival at the shopping center, Carnahan was arrested.  He was interviewed by law enforcement authorities and admitted his intent to engage in sexual acts with a minor.  Carnahan has a prior sexual assault conviction from 2012 in Washington State.

This case was investigated by the Bismarck Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Gary L. Delorme prosecuted the case.

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Updated June 13, 2018