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District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 28, 2022

New York Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice Minor to Have Sex

CAMDEN, N.J. – A New York man was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for attempting to entice a minor and traveling from New York to New Jersey to meet an individual, whom he believed was a 13-year-old girl, to engage in sexual activity, U.S Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.  

Eduardo Silva, 44, of Bronx, New York, previously pleaded guilty via videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor and one count traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Sept. 5, 2020, Silva, while using an online social media application, sent a message to an individual he believed was an underage girl, but who was in fact an undercover federal agent. Silva asked whether the minor was “into older guys” and over the next several days sent a series of explicit online communications and text messages, discussing his intent to travel to meet the minor and engage in sexual activity with her. On Sept. 23, 2020, Silva was arrested when he traveled from the Bronx to a motel in Bordentown, New Jersey, intending to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Silva to lifetime supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Cherry Hill Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina, and the Bordentown Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Brian Pesce, for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Mateo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Press Release Number: 
22-159
Updated April 28, 2022