Erie Resident Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Laws Related to the Sexual Exploitation of Children
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Emsworth, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervision on his conviction of Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.
United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan imposed the sentence on Thomas Kastory, 32.
According to information presented at the change of plea hearing and in the criminal complaint and indictment, from on or about April 12, 2022, and continuing thereafter until on or about May 29, 2022, Kastory used a facility and means of interstate commerce, specifically the Internet and a cellular telephone network, to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity.
Specifically, after chatting with an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old child for more than a month over his cell phone and the internet in an effort to entice the purported child to have sex, Thomas Kastory boarded a bus on May 29, 2022, to travel to meet the child where he expected to return to the child’s residence to engage in unlawful sexual activity. Kastory, believing that the child’s parent was out of town and that the child would be alone, brought condoms, lubricant, and a sex toy with him for his anticipated sexual encounter with the child.
Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin J. Risacher prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the criminal conviction in this case.