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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Texas man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for traveling to Ohio to have sex with 13-year-old girl

A Texas man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for traveling to Ohio in an attempt to have sex with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Samuel E. Condo, Jr., 32, of Arlington, Texas, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to four counts: enticement, receipt and distribution of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, transportation of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and travel to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

From on or about October 20, 2014, through on or about October 24, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Condo knowingly used facilities and means of interstate and foreign commerce, that is, a cell phone and a computer connected to the Internet, to attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years, that is, a 13-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. He also knowingly distributed numerous computer files which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court documents.

On October 24, 2014, in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Condo knowingly transported numerous computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He also knowingly traveled in interstate commerce, from Texas to Ohio, for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person, that is, a 13-year-old girl, according to court documents.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the United States Secret Service.

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Updated August 5, 2015