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Friday, March 24, 2017

Henderson Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Coercion And Enticement Of A Minor

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Henderson, Nevada man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon to 120 months in prison for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.

On Nov. 9, 2016, following a two-day trial, Kenneth Gordon Wescott, 55, was convicted by a jury of one count of coercion and enticement of a minor. According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 12, 2013 and Jan. 4, 2014, Wescott knowingly coerced and enticed a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Henderson Police Department; and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kilby C. Macfadden, Cristina D. Silva, and Elham Roohani.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

 

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Updated March 24, 2017