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Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Odessa Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Coercion and Enticement of a Minor

In Midland today, United States District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced 24–year-old Mitchell Stephen Dailey of Odessa to ten years in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for coercion and enticement of a minor announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.

On January 14, 2015, Dailey pleaded guilty to one count of enticing a minor female to engage in sexual activity.  By pleading guilty, Dailey admitted that, as an Odessa Police Department academy recruit, he engaged in sexual activity on four or five occasions in June 2014 with a 15-year-old girl, who was enrolled in the Police Athletic League (PAL) program. PAL is a six-week-long summer camp where police officers oversee, mentor, and instruct sporting events, teamwork and leadership activities for area youth. Dailey further admitted that he sent the child sexually explicit photographs via text message, Kik, Snapchat, and Vine.

Dailey has remained in custody since his arrest on July 8, 2014.

This case was investigated by the Texas Rangers and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Austin Berry.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated April 2, 2015