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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kentucky Man Charged with Transporting 13-year-old Girl for Sex

Walter Lee Dunn, 31, of Richmond, Kentucky, was charged with transportation of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges on or about December 31, 2014, Dunn knowingly transported an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years, that is a 13 year-old girl, in interstate commerce from Ohio to Kentucky, with the intent that such 13 year-old girl engage in sexual activity for which Dunn could be charged with a criminal offense.

If convicted, the sentence in this case will be determined by the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan.  The case was investigated by the Canton Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated March 17, 2015