You are here

Justice News

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ohio man pleads guilty to Federal sex crime involving minors

Defendant faces 10 years in prison for enticement of minors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An Ohio man pleaded guilty today to a federal sex crime involving minors, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Robert N. Bray, III, 38, of Logan, Ohio, entered his guilty plea to enticing minors to engage in sexual activity.

Bray admitted that in July 2015, he used a computer and cell phone to communicate with an individual he believed to be the mother of a 10-year-old female and a 5-year-old male in Parkersburg. In reality, Bray was communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer. Bray continued communicating with the undercover officer, thinking he was arranging to engage in sexual activity with the minors. Bray arranged a meeting on July 22, 2015, and when he arrived in West Virginia, he was arrested. That same day, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Bray’s Ohio residence and seized a computer containing almost 300 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Bray faces a federal prison sentence of 10 years, followed by 20 years of supervised release. Bray will also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for September 7, 2016.

This prosecution is the culmination of a comprehensive investigation conducted by the West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Parkersburg Police Department, the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Hocking County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the FBI.

Assistant United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

This case is being brought as part of an ongoing initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 7, 2016