Fla. man found guilty of try­ing to en­tice a Troy teen

Belleville News-Democrat - - Local - BY CAROLYN P SMITH [email protected]

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.

Em­manuel D. Ab­don

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