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September 1, 2015

Rochester Man Sentenced for Enticing, Threatening Minor

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Johnnie Jones, 32, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of online enticement of a minor, was sentenced to 151 months in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit all the digital media used in the commission of the crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that Jones is a Level III Sex Offender as a result of a 2005 Rape conviction in State Court. In 2014, the defendant met and communicated with a minor by mobile telephone and digital tablet using several texting applications. The defendant repeatedly sent the child sexually explicit messages over a period of several weeks and attempted to entice the child into having sex with him. Jones eventually met the child in person and did have sex with her on multiple occasions inside his home. The defendant was convicted of Rape, 3rd Degree, in Monroe County Court for having sex with the child and is awaiting sentencing in that matter in State Court.

When the child tried to stop having contact with Jones, he threatened to kill her, her mother sister. The defendant also said he would “shoot up” the victims’ school.

Until his arrest, Jones lived directly across the street from the George Mather Forbes Elementary School, despite being a registered sex offender.

The case was initially investigated by Officers and Investigators from the Rochester Police Department who in turn, contacted the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force for assistance.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Officers of the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force which also includes the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

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