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Charleston Man Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Therence Jamsion, 58, of Charleston, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

Evidence presented to the court showed that in the Fall of 2020, Jamison, a registered sex offender, engaged in sexually explicit conversations via an online dating app with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. After engaging in conversation, Jamison made plans in November 2020 to meet up with the boy at his home to engage in sexual activity. Upon Jamison’s arrival at the home, he was met by an undercover police officer and was arrested.

“There is no place in our community for crimes against children,” said U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office stands ready to seek justice for victims of child exploitation and hold predators accountable. We are grateful to our law enforcement partners who work tirelessly to help identify and prevent these crimes.”

“HSI is committed to protecting children in our communities from predators that seek to abuse and exploit them, ” said Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Charlotte, which covers North and South Carolina. “This sentencing is the result of the hard work of the agents and officers of HSI and our state and local law enforcement partners, to identify and arrest sexual predators and bring justice to the victims.”

United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks sentenced Jamison to 223 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the 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 sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

This case was investigated by Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the South Carolina Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Orville prosecuted the case.



Brook Andrews, First Assistant United States Attorney,, (803) 929-3000

Updated September 22, 2023

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