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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 27, 2017

Hollywood Resident Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Attempting to Entice a Child to Engage in Sexual Activity

Patrick Antczak, 25, of Hollywood, Florida, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert N. Scola Jr in Miami, after having been convicted at trial of attempting to entice a child to engage in sexual activity.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, made the announcement.

On January 11, 2017, a jury convicted Defendant Antczak of attempted enticement of a child. According to the court record, including trial evidence, Antczak contacted an undercover agent, in an on-line forum, regarding a meeting with a father and his minor daughter for the purposes of engaging in sexual conduct with the child. Upon making contact with the undercover, whom the defendant believed was the child’s father, he asked the age of the child and provided graphic details of his intended sexual abuse of the minor. The defendant exchanged over 500 text messages. During his chats with the child, the defendant promised that he would bring her an iTunes gift card when they met in person. The defendant arranged to meet the father and his minor daughter at a hotel in Broward County and arrived carrying the gift card and a condom.

Evidence at trial also included the defendant’s prior obscenity conviction for the exchange of child pornography.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and thanked the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for their assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Francis Viamontes and M. Catherine Koontz prosecuted this case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 27, 2017