Newark, New Jersey, Registered Sex Offender Sentenced To 21 Years In Prison For Attempting To Entice A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that TERRICK WASHINGTON, 45, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to 262 months in prison by United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas for his attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Judge Karas also imposed a 5-year term of supervised release to follow the prison term. The sentencing today followed WASHINGTON’s guilty plea on March 8, 2017.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim stated: “Protecting children from those who prey on them is a priority for this Office and our partners at the FBI. As today’s sentencing demonstrates, we will use every tool available to law enforcement to prosecute and punish those who sexually exploit children.”
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:
On or about December 21, 1993, Washington was convicted in New Jersey of Aggravated Sexual Assault and sentenced to a 15-year prison term. As a result of that conviction, he was required to register in New Jersey as a sexual offender.
In November 2015, an individual (the “Reporter”) advised the FBI that the Reporter, posing as a 13-year-old girl, had engaged in online communications with a person using the screen name “X.Terrick..X.” During the communications, “X.Terrick..X” indicated that “X.Terrick..X” wanted to engage in sexual activities with the Reporter. The FBI instructed the Reporter to continue to engage in discussions, to provide the FBI with daily logs of the communications, and to attempt to arrange a meeting with “X.Terrick..X.”
Between November 6, 2016, and November 27, 2015, the Reporter and “X.Terrick..X,” later identified as TERRICK WASHINGTON, engaged in a series of text communications. Among other things, the Reporter told WASHINGTON she was 13 years old and WASHINGTON told the Reporter that he was 44 years old. During the communications, WASHINGTON described in detail a variety of sexual acts he wanted to perform on the 13-year-old and made arrangements to meet her in Orange County, New York.
On November 28, 2015, WASHINGTON was arrested when he arrived at the Harriman Metro North Station, in Harriman, New York. Following his arrest, he admitted that he had met a young girl on the internet while using a chat application from his cell phone and that he made arrangements to meet her so that he could have sex with her. Initially, WASHINGTON said that the girl told him she was 15, but he later admitted that, in fact, the girl said she was 13. WASHINGTON also said that he had been convicted of a sex offense when he was 18 involving a 5-year-old girl and that, as a result of that conviction, he is required to register as a sex offender.
Mr. Kim praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County District Attorney’s Investigators, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in connection with this investigation.
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.