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Burleson Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Meet a 13-Year-Old for Sex at a Fort Worth Hotel

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Preston Anthony King, 23, of Burleson, Texas, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 12 years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release. The sentence follows King’s guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of enticement of a minor, announced Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

King has been in custody since November 2016 on a related complaint.

According to documents filed in the case, on March 14, 2016, a Fort Worth Police Officer acting in an undercover capacity and posing as a 13-year-old girl responded to an advertisement that King posted on Craigslist. The description of the advertisement indicated that King was looking to engage in sexual intercourse. During the conversation, the officer told King that she was 13 years old, and later in the conversation King told the officer that he wanted to engage in sexual intercourse with her. King agreed to meet, who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, on March 15, 2016, at a hotel room in Fort Worth, Texas, to engage in sexual intercourse. When King arrived at the agreed location the Fort Worth Police Department took King into custody.


The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood leverages federal, state and local resources to better investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children. Project Safe Childhood also prioritizes identifying and rescuing victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


The Fort Worth Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Fahey is in charge of the prosecution.

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Lisa Slimak

Updated December 12, 2017

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