PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, JOSEPH M. DEMAREST JR., the
Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and RAYMOND W.
KELLY, the Police Commissioner for the City of New York (“NYPD”)
announced that ANDREW JASON PETTITT was sentenced today in
Manhattan federal court by Chief United States District Judge
LORETTA A. PRESKA to six years in prison on charges of taking a
14-year old girl from the Bronx, New York, to Arnot,
Pennsylvania, to engage in sexual activities.
According to the publicly-filed documents in the case
and statements made during the guilty plea and sentencing
On September 11, 2008, PETTITT drove to the Bronx, New
York, to pick up the 14-year old victim (the “Victim”) and took
her back to Pennsylvania. Later that day, the Victim’s
grandmother discovered that the Victim was missing from the home
they shared, and had left a note stating that she was going to
“live on the streets.”
In search of the Victim, the Victim’s grandmother
discovered a “MySpace” website in the name of “Luciander” on the
computer in their home, and learned that the “Luciander” MySpace
page belonged to PETTITT. She informed law enforcement officers,
who determined that PETTITT lived in Pennsylvania. After NYPD
officers called PETTITT’s residence in Pennsylvania, PETTITT, who
was with the Victim, fled.
On September 16, 2008, PETTITT and the Victim were
discovered living in PETTITT’s car in Garrett County, Maryland.
PETTITT told law enforcement officers that he had met the Victim
while playing a popular online game. PETTITT admitted that he
had traveled to New York to pick up the Victim, and that they had
engaged in sexual activities, including sexual intercourse.
PETTITT also acknowledged that he and the Victim left his home in
Pennsylvania after NYPD officers called the residence during
their search for the Victim.
PETTITT, pleaded guilty on November 30, 2009, in
Manhattan federal court to one count of enticing an individual to
travel in interstate commerce to engage in criminal sexual
activity, and one count of traveling in interstate commerce for
the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual activities.
In addition to the prison term of six years, Judge
PRESKA sentenced PETTITT, 29, to five years of supervised
In addition, PETTITT previously pleaded guilty to
Maryland state charges of third degree sexual assault, and was
sentenced on December 9, 2008, to a five-year term of
imprisonment, all but six months of which was suspended.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the FBI
and NYPD, and expressed gratitude to the Garrett County, Maryland
Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case.
Assistant United States Attorney AMIE N. ELY is in
charge of the prosecution.