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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rowan Co. Man Sentenced For Online Enticement Of A Minor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Timothy Alan Overcash, 52, of Gold Hill, N.C. was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. to 150 months in prison for enticement of a minor using a means and facility of interstate commerce, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Conrad also ordered Overcash to register as a sex offender and to serve the rest of his life under court supervision after he is released from prison.

 

U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division.

 

According to court documents and today’s court proceedings, Overcash responded to an online posting soliciting individuals interested in engaging in sexual contact with a minor. From August to September 2016, Overcash had multiple communications with an FBI undercover employee posing as the minor’s parent, during which Overcash discussed his interest in engaging in sexual contact with the minor and made arrangements to meet the minor. Law enforcement arrested Overcash when he arrived at the agreed-upon location to meet whom he thought was an 11-year-old girl, for the purpose of engaging in sexual activities.

 

Overcash pleaded guilty in February 2017 to one count of online enticement of a minor. He is currently in federal custody and he will be transferred to custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

 

The investigation was led by the FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is in charge of the prosecution.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated August 3, 2017