Oregon Man Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison
FORT WAYNE–Julian Muriera, 30 years old, of Hillsboro, Oregon, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty after being found guilty by a jury of Attempted Child Exploitation, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Muriera was sentenced to 192 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, between April and May 2019, Muriera engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover Officer who Muriera believed to be related to a minor with whom he was sexually active. Over the course of several online conversations, Muriera expressed his preference for teenage girls and an interest in watching a livestream of the purported relative engaging in sexual activity with the minor. Muriera also provided graphic detail he wanted to see in the anticipated sexual activity.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.