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Former Indiana High School Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Traveling to Kentucky to Engage in Sexual Conduct with a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Owensboro, KY – A former Evansville, Indiana high school teacher was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for traveling to Kentucky to engage in sexual conduct with a minor.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Robert Holman of the United States Secret Service Kentucky Field Division, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police, and Chief Art Ealum of the Owensboro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents, Cody Sean McCormick, 28, was sentenced to 10 years, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for traveling across state lines with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, attempted enticement of a minor, and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. There is no parole in the federal system.

McCormick used the internet to communicate with an undercover agent he believed to be a 14-year-old girl for the purposes of engaging in sexual contact. McCormick traveled from Evansville, Indiana to Owensboro, Kentucky to meet the undercover agent engage in sexual conduct.     

This case was the result of a joint federal, state, and local operation called Operation Angel, aimed at making federal arrests of individuals who preyed upon children in the Owensboro area. The United States Secret Service, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky State Police, and the Owensboro Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Spencer McKiness prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


Updated August 23, 2023