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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Man Who Tried to Meet a 13-Year-Old for Sex at Motel in Fort Worth is Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Enticement of a Minor

FORT WORTH, Texas — A 48-year-old man, most recently from north Texas, Brian Dale Prim, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 120 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in May 2016 to an indictment charging one count of enticement of a minor.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, on approximately December 21, 2015, Prim responded to a Craigslist ad entitled, “Need some young company, I’m here?” The ad read, “I’m bored and looking to chill with some cool dude. I’m very young and cool.”  At the time, Prim did not know that an officer with the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit was working in an undercover capacity at a motel in Fort Worth and had posted the ad.

Prim responded to the ad and asked the undercover officer, who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, to send him a picture.  The undercover officer sent a photo.  The conversation between Prim and the undercover officer posing as the 13-year-old continued to become more sexual and Prim provided his phone number to the undercover officer so “she” could text him.  Ensuing text messages, sexually graphic in nature, continued, and Prim asked if he could call. 

Prim called, and posing as the 13-year-old girl, another Fort Worth police officer answered the phone.  Prim and the undercover officer chatted, decided to meet, and Prim described the sexual acts he intended on doing with the 13-year-old.  Early on in the text messaging exchange, Prim was told that the 13-year-old girl lived in a Fort Worth motel.  Prim requested that the “girl” stay on the phone with him until he pulled in the driveway.  While on the phone, Prim stated he was wearing a hoody, gym pants, and a TCU ball cap.  Once he arrived at the hotel wearing the described clothing, the undercover officer gave Prim the room number.  After Prim parked, he knocked on the motel room door and was arrested.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative.  PSC is a department initiative launched in May 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, tribal and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  Since FY 2011, the Department of Justice has filed 20,260 PSC cases against 19,111 defendants.  These cases include prosecutions of child sex trafficking; sexual abuse of a minor or ward; child pornography offenses; obscene visual representation of the sexual abuse of children; selling or buying of children; and many more statutes.  To learn more about PSC’s work, please visit:

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Larson was in charge of the prosecution.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 21, 2016