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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DeRuyter Man Sentenced for Attempting to Entice a 12 year old Girl for Sex

Floyd Wood to Serve 10 Years for Planning a Sexual Encounter with Child

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Floyd Wood, 49, of DeRuyter, New York, was sentenced in federal court today following his earlier plea of guilty to Attempted Coercion and Enticement, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith.

United States District Judge David N. Hurd sentenced Wood to a term of 120 months in federal prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. In addition, Wood will be required to register as a sex offender.

As part of his guilty plea, Wood admitted that in April, 2016 through text messaging with someone he believed was a female acquaintance, he arranged to meet with the acquaintance and her 12 year old daughter at a Syracuse hotel to engage in a sexual encounter with both the mother and child. Instead, Wood was corresponding with law enforcement officers, and was arrested at the Syracuse hotel where he was to meet the child and her mother. Prior to his arrival at this location, Wood was surveilled by law enforcement officers at an adult products store where he purchased items he intended to use in the encounter.

This case was investigated by the Mid-state Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Syracuse Resident Agency, together with the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Fletcher as a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, and led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 19, 2017