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Oklahoma Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sexually Exploiting a Minor

U.S. Attorney’s Office January 07, 2014
  • Middle District of Florida (813) 274-6000

ORLANDO—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Jonathan Daniel Adleta (26, Glenpool, Oklahoma) to life in federal prison for conspiring to transport and transporting a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Jonathan Adleta was found guilty by a federal jury on September 12, 2013.

According to the evidence presented at trial, Jonathan Adleta conspired with his ex-wife, Sarah Adleta, to transport a 3-year-old child, with the intent of sexually abusing the child. On December 23, 2012, Sarah Adleta flew with the child from Orlando, Florida to Oklahoma, where Jonathan Adleta lived. Jonathan Adleta sexually abused the child during the child’s week-long stay at his home. Both before and after the trip, Sarah Adleta also sexually abused the child and sent pictures of the abuse to Jonathan Adleta and others.

Sarah Adleta (29, Oviedo, Florida) pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, and on October 28, 2013, Judge Dalton sentenced her to 54 years in federal prison, followed by a life term of supervised release.

“The sexual exploitation of children will not be tolerated at any level. We will continue to aggressively investigate those who choose to victimize innocence,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.