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Rochester Man, A Registered Sex Offender, Sentenced To 45 Years For Attempting To Entice A Minor And To Produce Child Pornogrpahy

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – JOHN DOOLEY, age 57, of Rochester, New York, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to 45 years of imprisonment for (1) attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity; (2) attempted production of child pornography, and (3) committing a felony offense involving a minor while already required to registered as a sex offender, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Saratoga Springs Police Chief Gregory Veitch, and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division. A jury found DOOLEY guilty of the offenses in October 2013 following a three-day trial.

DOOLEY, a registered Level III sex offender with two previous convictions for sexual abuse of a minor, was arrested on May 11, 2012, in Saratoga Springs, New York, after he travelled there to meet “Kara,” a fifteen year old girl he met in a Yahoo! chat room. “Kara” was actually an undercover Saratoga Springs Police Investigator, and DOOLEY had been communicating with “Kara” for one and one-half months via Yahoo! Messenger. During the online communications, the undercover investigator repeatedly told DOOLEY that “Kara” was 15. DOOLEY told “Kara” that he would travel to Saratoga Springs, rent a motel room, have sex with her, and capture that sexual conduct on digital photo and video. On May 11, 2012, Dooley drove from Rochester to Saratoga Springs, checked into his motel room, and brought with him various sexual devices, vodka, computer equipment, cameras, and presents for “Kara,” including lingerie.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.

Updated January 29, 2015