Crime

Troy man gets 15-year sentence; wanted to have baby with 13-year-old

A Troy man who wanted to have sex with and impregnate a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Shane L. Schlaefer was sentenced Monday to 15 years for attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child and attempted enticement of a minor, federal prosecutors said.

Schlaefer messaged undercover investigators for months, trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl for him to impregnate. He exchanged graphic photos and messages with a woman he believed to be the girl’s mother, and also the girl, including photos showing a young pregnant girl with his desire to “make your belly look like that.”

No child was involved in the undercover investigation.

Schlaefer, 28, will be on federal supervised release for an additional 15 years after serving his prison term. He is also ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.

Investigators with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force discovered in November of 2014 that Schlaefer wanted to have sex with a child. He sent numerous messages asking an investigator, who was posing as the mother of a 13-year-old girl, to travel to Illinois to allow Schlaefer have sex with the fictitious child.

An agent with the U.S. Secret Service provided an affidavit that said Schlaefer had expressed interest in impregnating both the teen and her mother. Agent Christopher WIlliams said Schlaefer’s messages to the undercover agent included “Would you want her to be ovulating and have a good chance of watching me knock her up the first time?” and “you want her to be a young mommy as well.”

Williams’ affidavit goes into detail about which websites and mobile apps Schlaefer used to communicate with the undercover agents posing as the mother and child. It also said Schlaefer sent pornographic images of what appeared to be young teen girls.

Court records show that Schlaefer offered to pay the undercover investigator $500 for her travel expenses for him to have sex with the 13 year old. He also exchanged text messages with an investigator, whom he believed was the child, describing the sex acts he wanted to perform.

Schlaefer and the investigator, acting as the mother, agreed to meet in Collinsville on April 6, 2015. He was arrested when he got out of his vehicle at that location, with $500 in cash on him.

Schlaefer admitted that he intended to get a hotel room and have sex with the child.

The investigation was part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Assistant U.S Attorney Ali Summers prosecuted Schlaefer in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.

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