10 December 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law news – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Jesus Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement; and Ken Mascara, Sheriff, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s
Office, announced today that defendant, William David Kamal, pleaded guilty to the
one count Indictment, charging him with using a facility and means of interstate
commerce, that is, America OnLine, an internet service provider, to attempt to
persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in a sexual activity, in
violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b), before United States
District Court Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami, Florida. Kamal is scheduled to be
sentenced on February 18, 2005, before Judge Moore in Miami, at 2:30 p.m. Kamal
faces a minimum statutory term of imprisonment of five (5) years and a maximum
statutory term of imprisonment of thirty (30) years, in addition to a maximum fine
of up to $250,000.
This case stemmed from an investigation in which an undercover law enforcement
officer, posing as a 14-year-old gay child, met Kamal in an internet chat room.
After several sexually explicit internet communications, Kamal agreed to meet the
alleged child in Ft. Pierce, Florida, so that he could engage in sexual activity
with the alleged child. When Kamal arrived for the meeting, he was arrested and
taken into custody.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, and other members of the Law
Enforcement Against Child Harm Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by
Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. Waters, Jr.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States
Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls
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