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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Laredo Judge Sentences Lake Jackson Man for Sexual Enticement of a Minor

LAREDO, Texas – A 40-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of attempting to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Michael James Corsten, of Lake Jackson, pleaded guilty Dec. 15, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia-Marmolejo ordered he serve 180 months in prison. Corsten will also serve 20 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

Corsten had posted a Craigslist ad for individuals interested in “family fun.” Soon after, he began a conversation with someone he thought had a 14-year-old daughter. Numerous times, Corsten mentioned sexual acts he wanted to perform on the fictional  daughter. He also sent sexually explicit pictures of his private parts asking for them to be shown to the girl and stated he wanted the child to help him groom other children so that he could sexually assault them. 

He soon made arrangements to travel to Laredo for the purposes of having sex with the 14-year-old child. He was arrested Oct. 9, 2015, upon his arrival.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfredo De La Rosa prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated December 6, 2016