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Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Traveling With Minor to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

College Sophomore Traveled to Watertown to Engage in Sexual Conduct with Teen

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Iordan Bossev, age 21, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty in Syracuse to traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and  an additional count of persuading, inducing and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in sexual activity. The defendant also pled guilty to receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Bossev, who remains detained pending his sentencing, faces a maximum sentence of six years of imprisonment and a lifetime of supervised release.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for August 9, 2018, in Syracuse.

As part of his guilty plea, Bossev admitted that from March 2015 through November 2015, he engaged in internet communications of a sexual nature with a 14-year old victim. Bossev sought and received via the internet numerous sexually explicit images of the victim.  In May 2015, after approximately 2 months of sending sexually explicit images back and forth, the defendant traveled from Louisiana to Watertown, New York, to meet the victim for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.  In anticipation of that meeting, the defendant rented a hotel room in Jefferson County near the victim’s home.  When the defendant arrived, he and the victim spent parts of 2 days in the hotel room engaging in illicit sexual activities.

In November of 2015, the defendant traveled to Jefferson County with the intention of leaving New York State with the victim to further engage in illicit sexual activity.  In furtherance of this plan, Bossev picked up the victim and went to New York City and later to San Francisco, California.  From November 2015 to December 2016, in an effort to evade law enforcement, the defendant traveled with the victim to San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. 

Bossev’s case was investigated by the New York State Police, the United States Marshals Service, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 4, 2018