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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ex Carnival Worker Sentenced To 120 Months Imprisonment

HAMMOND- United States Attorney David A. Capp announced today that Brendan Theodore Coetzee, 29, of Johannesburg, South Africa was sentenced before District Court Judge Rudy Lozano for using interstate communications to illicit sexual conduct from a minor.


Coetzee was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.


According to documents filed in the case, Coetzee, a former carnival worker, met a female under the age of 14 at a carnival in Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend 2015. Coetzee and the minor maintained some contact thereafter via social media. On June 22, 2015, Coetzee, who was then in Northwest Indiana, arranged for the minor to meet him at a motel in Lansing, Illinois, where he had sexual intercourse with the minor.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Lansing, Illinois and Munster, Indiana Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi D. Houston.



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Updated March 9, 2017