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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Michigan man indicted for attempting to engage in sex acts with a child

A Michigan man was indicted for attempting to engage in sex acts with a child.

Riley Thomas Griffin, 21, of Monroe, Michigan, was indicted on one count of traveling with intent to engage in sexual conduct with a minor and one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

Griffin received and distributed numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This took place in September, according to the indictment.

He also sent the images to an undercover agent and corresponded with this undercover agent about traveling from Michigan to Ohio to engage in sex acts with the undercover agent’s purported 9-year-old daughter, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the 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.

The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Toledo, Ohio.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Tracey Ballard Tangeman.       

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

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated October 11, 2018