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Friday, September 1, 2017

Louisiana Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Kenneth James Hill, 69, of Slidell, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in prison after pleading guilty on June 15, 2017, to attempted enticement of a minor for sex and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.


In September 2016, Hill responded to an online Craigslist advertisement in which an undercover detective posed as a mother, “Ashley,” of a 14-year-old daughter, “Nikki.” Hill asked sexual questions about “Nikki” and acknowledged her age. He also communicated with “Nikki” online via the undercover detective, described sexual acts he intended to perform on “Nikki,” and arranged to travel two hours to meet “Nikki” in person for the purpose of having sex. Several days later, Hill arrived at the hotel where he believed “Nikki” was staying and was arrested.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Panama City Police Department, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Thielemann.


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Updated September 1, 2017