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Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Traveling To Kentucky To Engage in Sexual Conduct With Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky
Judge Sentences German National to Over 7 Years in Prison


             LOUISVILLE, Ky. –United States District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings sentenced Michael M. Natterer, a German national, to 87 months in prison yesterday for traveling from Germany to Kentucky to engage in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

            “Protecting our kids is the most basic function of government,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “The outcome of this case – over seven years in federal prison and removal from our country – is Kentucky law enforcement doing just that.”

            Natterer, 23, was charged in an indictment and pleaded guilty to traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.  Judge Jennings also ordered Natterer to serve a five-year period of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

             According to the plea agreement, Natterer began exchanging messages with the minor in January 2017.  On May 30, 2017, when Natterer was 22 years old, and the victim was 15 years old, he traveled from Germany to Shepherdsville, Kentucky, to engage in sexual conduct with the victim who he knew was 15 years old.  As part of the plea agreement, Natterer agreed to his removal from the United States after the completion of his sentence.

            Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gregory prosecuted the case.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Shepherdsville Police Department conducted the investigation.



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 July 25, 2018

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