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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Virginia man charged with enticement of a minor and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct

A Virginia man was charged in federal court with enticement of a minor and traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, law enforcement officials said.

David Lee Boesen, 33, of Hampton, Virginia, was arrested last week at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after he traveled to Cleveland in order to meet and engage in sexual activity with what he believed to be a 14-year old girl.

From September 2015 through March 2016, Boesen engaged in dozens of sexually explicit conversations over Facebook messaging and through phone conversations with what he believed to be a female child, according to court documents.

Boesen sent numerous images of pornography, and mailed several gifts, including panties, marshmallow hearts, Skittles, cash, a pink stuffed bear holding a heart with the word “Princess” and more candy. He also repeatedly asked what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl (and later, a 14-year-old) to send him explicit images of herself and to promise to engage in sexual conduct with him, according to court documents.

On March 6, Boesen indicated his mother was concerned about him going to Ohio to meet a girl because he had previously been in trouble for meeting an underage girl. The undercover agent suggested that maybe they should not meet if Boesen had concerns. He responded that he was not scared and that he would be together with her forever, according to court documents.

A public records search revealed Boesen’s address and that he is a registered sex offender, according to court documents. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Skutnik following an investigation by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations.

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.

An charges 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.

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Updated March 23, 2016