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Georgia Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Attempted Enticement and Traveling to Have Sex with a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Frantisek Pribyl, 49, of Snellville, Georgia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison today, after being convicted on May 23 of attempted enticement of a minor and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “Operation Cupid’s Arrow” to identify individuals seeking to engage in sexual activity with minors.  Pribyl responded to a Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover officer posed as the mother of a 14-year-old girl and then as the daughter.  Over two days, Pribyl continued his conversation with the “girl” via e-mail, discussed sexual activity with her over e-mail and during a controlled telephone call, and traveled more than 250 miles to Tallahassee to meet her to have sex.  Pribyl was arrested after arriving at the designated meeting location.

United States Attorney Canova said: “Together with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to investigate and prosecute child predators through online undercover operations to protect innocent children and keep our communities safe.”

“Like the other suspects in Operation Cupid’s Arrow, Frantisek Pribyl had a strong desire to have sexual relations with children,” said Tallahassee Special Agent in Charge Mark Perez.  “We will continue to investigate and arrest criminals who want to hurt our children.”

“While this predator thought he was going to victimize a young girl, he found law enforcement officers instead,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.  “This case highlights the importance of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and our role in keeping our communities safer.”

The case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Panama City Police Department, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Thielemann.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Contact

For more information, contact:
Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer
amy.alexander@usdoj.gov

Updated October 5, 2018

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