A 31-year-old Florida man was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury of enticement of a minor and traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl in Troy.
Emmanuel D. Abdon was arrested in Troy in January.
Abdon visited the girl’s home three times to engage in sexual intercourse, according to federal prosecutors. On the third visit, he was arrested in her driveway. Abdon’s plan unfolded when a 14-year-old friend of the victim, who was present at the house when Abdon came to visit the first time, told her foster mother about Abdon traveling from Florida to meet the girl.
The foster mother called the Troy Police Department to report the incident. Police learned that from Dec. 27, 2017, until Jan. 13, Abdon met his victim online and through text messaging, Facetime and Snapchat. He “attempted to persuade, induce, entice and coerce the minor victim to engage in sexual activity with him when he arrived in Illinois,” U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft wrote in a news release.
“State and federal law enforcement will use every available resource to protect the community from those who lurk in the shadows of the internet seeking to prey upon children,” Weinhoeft wrote.
The trial started Monday in Chief U.S. District Judge Michael D. Reagan’s courtroom.
Enticement of a minor carries a prison sentence of no less than 10 years, but no more than life, and a fine of no more than $250,000. The traveling charge carries a sentence of not more than 30 years and a fine of no more than $250,000.
Weinhoeft said the prosecution and ultimately the guilty verdict were helped by the thorough job the Troy Police Department and the Bureau of Homeland Security did while investigating the case.