U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee
(865) 545-4167
June 26, 2014

James Amos Parker Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor for Sex

KNOXVILLE, TN—On June 26, 2014, James Amos Parker, 47, of Alcoa, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by the Honorable Danny C. Reeves, U.S. District Judge. Parker pleaded guilty in February 2014 to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity using a computer in interstate commerce.

Parker engaged in online discussions via the Internet with undercover law enforcement officers in which he expressed a desire to engage in sexual relations with someone he believed to be 12 years old. Parker was arrested by undercover law enforcement officers when he showed up at a pre-arranged meeting place to have sex with a person whom he believed to be a minor.

As part of the sentence imposed, Parker was also placed on supervised release for a period of 20 years and will be required to register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works, or attends school upon his release from prison.

The indictment and subsequent conviction of Amos were the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Knoxville Police Department—Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.

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, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

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