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Illinois Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor and Child Pornography Offenses

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Eric Ross, age 36, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for attempting to entice and coerce a 12-year-old child into sexual activity and for distributing and possessing child pornography.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Craig L. Tremaroli, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Ross admitted that between October 22, 2021, and November 6, 2021, he sent sexually explicit text messages to someone he believed was an adult offering the sexual services of a 12-year-old girl, and to someone he believed was the 12-year-old girl, in an attempt to entice the child into engaging in sexual acts with him. During the same period, Ross also admitted that he distributed child pornography via an internet-based messaging application. Ross admitted that on November 6, 2021, he traveled to a hotel in Colonie, New York, with the intent to engage in sexual acts with the 12-year-old girl. Ross was arrested by law enforcement shortly after arriving at the location and was found in possession of child pornography at the time of his arrest.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 25-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release, ordered Ross to pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim whose images he possessed, and ordered him to forfeit the device that contained the child pornography. Ross will be required to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force, comprised of FBI Special Agents, and state and local police investigators, including from the New York State Police and the Colonie Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph S. Hartunian prosecuted this case as part of Project Safe Childhood. 

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s 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

Updated May 9, 2024

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