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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mentor Man Charged With Enticement And Failure To Register As Sex Offender

Larun E. Miller, 45, of Mentor, was charged with enticement and failure to register as a sex offender, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges that from on or about May 28, 2014, through on or about June 2, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Miller did knowingly use facilities and means of interstate and foreign commerce, that is, a cellular phone with Internet connectivity, to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years, that is, a 14-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. 

The indictment also charges that from on or about October 1, 2013, through on or about June 3, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, the defendant, Miller, a sex offender as defined for the purposes of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, as a result of being convicted under Federal law, on October 28, 2005, of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, in Case No. 5:05CR300, in the Northern District of Ohio, did knowingly fail to register and update registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. 

Lastly, the indictment charges that from on or about May 28, 2014, through on or about June 2, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Miller, being required by federal law to register as a sex offender, committed a felony offense involving a minor under Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b), to wit: the felony offense charged in count one of the indictment.

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 United States Marshals Service and the Jefferson County (Colorado) District Attorney’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 12, 2015