Man faces 15 years for paying to have sex with 7-year-old

News-DemocratAugust 13, 2013 

A Carrollton man faces 15 years imprisonment after entering a plea agreement in which he admits paying federal agents $1,500 in an attempt to have sex with a 7-year-old girl in Jerseyville.

David G. Driskill, 65, accepted the plea bargain on Monday in federal court. He admits to commercial sex trafficking of a child and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7, according to the agreement.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton could not be reached for comment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers prosecuted the case.

Driskill sent several text messages to a woman between May 1 and May 7 offering to pay $3,000 in exchange for her providing a child between 7 and 11 years old for him to have sex with a minor, according to court documents.

The woman contacted the Jersey County Sheriff's Department who referred the case of the U.S. Secret Service Southern Illinois Cyber-crime Unit. The woman worked with a federal agent to answer the man's texts stating she would put Driskill in contact with man who could provide a child.

Driskill sent several more text messages to the woman offering "large amounts of money" if she would provide her own 9-year-old daughter for him to have sex with, and $500 to send him a sexually explicit photo of her daughter.

The woman refused and put him contact with the special agent, who claimed he had a 7-year-old daughter available for his request. Driskill arranged to pay the federal agent in exchange for having sex with the fictitious child, according to court documents.

Driskill arrived at 3:30 p.m. May 10 at an apartment in Jerseyville and approached the federal agent sitting outside. Driskill was videotaped describing his intention to have sex with the child to the federal agent and paying the agent $1,500, according to court documents.

He was arrested after stepping into the apartment. He carried a cellphone, condom and KY lubricant. His phone contained a depiction of two unclothed prepubescent girls, according to court documents.

Driskill remains in federal custody.

Contact reporter Daniel Kelley at dkelley@bnd.com or 618-239-2501.