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Virginia man sentenced for traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor

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

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Johnnie William Bateman, III, of Culpepper, Virginia, was sentenced today to 46 months incarceration for traveling across state lines to meet a minor for sex, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen announced.

Bateman, age 39, pled guilty to one count of “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct” in June 2017. Bateman admitted to traveling from Virginia to Berkeley County, West Virginia in August 2016 to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Z. Krasinski prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police investigated. 
Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh presided.

Updated September 21, 2017

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