Bowling Green, Kentucky – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green today returned a three-count indictment charging an Evansville, Indiana high school teacher with unlawful sexual conduct across state lines into Owensboro, Kentucky. a person who he believed to be a fifteen-year-old boy attempted to seduce a minor and attempted to provide obscene material to a minor.
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Michael A. Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Office of the United States Secret Service Robert Holman, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Phillip Burnett and Chief Art This was reported by a representative of the Owensboro Police Department.
The charges were the result of a joint federal, state and local operation called Operation Angel aimed at federally arresting child sex predators in the Owensboro area. The operation, led by the United States Secret Service, included the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, the Kentucky State Police and the Owensboro Police Department.
Cody McCormick, 27, of Evansville, Indiana, was charged with attempted solicitation of a minor, traveling interstate to engage in unlawful sexual activity with a minor and attempted transmission of a lewd act, according to court documents. Juvenile material. McCormick faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison for the enticement charge. McCormick also faces up to 30 years in prison on the charge of interstate travel to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and a maximum of 10 years in prison for lewdness. If convicted, a federal district court judge will determine any punishment for McCormick after considering sentencing guidelines and other legal factors. There is no parole in the federal system.
The defendant will appear at a later date before a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Owensboro.
The United States Secret Service, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, the Kentucky State Police and the Owensboro Police Department are investigating the case.
Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKinness is prosecuting the case.
The case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a national initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood, led by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Indecency Division, deploys federal, state and local resources to find, apprehend and prosecute child sexual abusers, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the “resources” tab.
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