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Southern District of Florida

Monday, February 25, 2019

Miami Beach Resident Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity

Jay Walter Sall, 54, of Miami Beach, was sentenced, on February 21, 2019, to a total of 240 months in prison by U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore, for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.

According to the court record, Sall communicated with an undercover FBI agent by text messages. In those text messages, Sall solicited and paid for the agent to record sexual intercourse between the agent and the agent’s purported 9-year-old daughter. During the course of the investigation, the FBI also learned that Sall had been secretly recording three other females, two of which were minors at the time of the recordings.

On November 29, 2018, Sall pleaded guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.  On February 21, 2019, the Honorable K. Michael Moore sentenced Sall to 240 months in prison, 15 years of supervised release, payment of a $50,000 fine, and registration as a sex offender for life.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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, please visit

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI and FBI Miami Child Exploitation Task Force in this matter.  She thanked the Miami Beach Police Department for their assistance.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Cervantes.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at

Updated February 25, 2019