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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Texas Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Attempting to Arrange Sex with a Minor

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Arlington, Texas, has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, on a charge of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Ray Wickliffe Howland, 57, of Arlington, Texas.

According to information presented to the court, the court was advised that on or about June 25, 2015, Howland used facilities and means of interstate and foreign commerce, specifically a computer, an iPad, the internet and the telephone, to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Howland.

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 United States 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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 21, 2016