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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Maryland man indicted on charges involving transporting a minor across state lines for sex

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Kenneth Earle Ewing, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges involving transporting a 12-year-old across state lines for sex, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Ewing, age 37, was indicted on one count of “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct,” one count of “Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity,” and one count of "Kidnapping." Ewing is accused of transporting a 12-year-old girl from Ranson, West Virginia, to Hagerstown, Maryland, to engage in sexual conduct.

Ewing faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the first count, and faces up to 30 years and a fine of up to $250,000 for the second count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 30, 2018