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

Monday, February 22, 2016

Illinois Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Federal Prison for Sexual Offense With a Minor

            Fayetteville, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that David S. Duffin, age 44, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 420 months in prison followed by supervised release for life and a $15,000 fine on one count of Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Activity.  Duffin was found guilty of the charge following a three day jury trial in August, 2015.  Duffin was sentenced on February 19, 2016 by the Honorable Timothy L. Brooks in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

            According to evidence presented at the trial, on April 4, 2015, a 13-year-old female was reported missing from her home in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Police Department later developed evidence that the minor was with Duffin, who had driven her from her home in Chicago to a motel in Bentonville, Arkansas.  On April 9, 2015, the Benton County Sheriffs’ Office located Duffin and the minor in Benton County. Evidence at trial showed that Duffin had created a Facebook profile of a teenage boy which he used to meet and communicate with the minor victim and that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor victim both in Chicago and later after bringing her to Arkansas.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chicago Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Kyra Jenner and Dustin Roberts prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Updated February 22, 2016