Attorney Jailed For 15 Years For Soliciting ‘Child’ Via Internet

TALLAHASSEE, FL – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced the sentencing of a North Carolina attorney to 15 years in prison after he pled guilty to charges of promoting the sexual performance of a child, lewd or lascivious exhibition and sexually soliciting a child over the internet.

Bradley Lamb was arrested in April 2006 after soliciting an undercover CyberCrime investigator whom he thought was a 14-year-old boy. The case was prosecuted by attorneys with the Attorney General’s Child Predator CyberCrime Unit.

“This is an example of how an internet child predator may use the internet as a place to hide in the shadows and prey on defenseless victims,” said Attorney General McCollum. “My CyberCrime Unit will continue to work diligently to find these predators and put them behind bars, even if we have to reach across state lines to do so.”

Lamb, 51, approached the “child” in an online chat room for young boys and chatted with him over the course of five months. During their communication, he sent numerous images of child and adult pornography to the undercover investigator. He also repeatedly stated his desire to travel to Jacksonville to engage in various sex acts with the child, still unaware that he was talking with a member of law enforcement. Lamb was arrested by officers with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and was extradited to Jacksonville for prosecution. He could still face additional charges in North Carolina.

Lamb pleaded guilty to three counts of promoting the sexual performance of a child and one count of lewd or lascivious exhibition, both second-degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of soliciting a child via computer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. After hearing arguments from the prosecuting Assistant Attorney General and Lamb’s attorney, the Court sentenced him to
15 years in prison to be followed by five years of probation and electronic monitoring. Lamb must also register with the State of Florida as a sex offender.

The Child Predator CyberCrime Unit’s mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The unit works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors statewide to provide resources and expertise while preventing the spread of these crimes through education and community awareness. The unit has made a total of 48 arrests since its inception in October 2005. The CyberCrime Unit is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) of North Florida.

A copy of the 2006 arrest warrant and affidavit is available at:
http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/MRAY-6NZQEE/$file/Lamb_Warrant.pdf

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