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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2019

Fayetteville Sex Offender Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Attempted Online Enticement Of A Minor

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Timothy Reddin, age 68, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced yesterday to 120 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by twenty-five years of supervised release on one count of Attempted Online Enticement of a Minor. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks, United States District Judge, presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in July of 2018, an agent with Homeland Security Investigations was conducting an undercover investigation into the online enticement of minors to engage in sexual activity in the Northwest, Arkansas area. During such operation, law enforcement, utilizing an online persona of a 14 year old male, logged into an undercover social media account. Shortly thereafter, an individual, later identified as Reddin, contacted the 14 year old persona. Reddin quickly began inquiring about the purported minor’s sexual experience. Reddin then expressed a willingness to engage in sexual activity with the minor. In early August, specific plans were made by Reddin and the purported minor to meet and engage in sexual activity. In response, law enforcement set up surveillance on the meet location. Reddin soon thereafter arrived at the predetermined location and was taken into custody.

A federal grand jury indicted Reddin in September of 2018, and he pleaded guilty in October of 2018.  During sentencing, the Government presented the Court with evidence that Reddin was a previously convicted sex offender at the time of his arrest.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 8, 2019