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March 11, 2015

Minnesota Sex Offender Sentenced to More Than 31 Years for Traveling to Engage in Sexual Activity with a Minor

TAMPA, FL—U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven today sentenced Matthew William McLean (26, Minneapolis) to 31 years and 6 months in federal prison for attempting to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and for committing a felony sex offense as a registered sex offender. He pleaded guilty on November 20, 2014.

According to court documents, McLean, a registered sex offender from Minnesota, traveled to Tampa to meet a 14-year-old minor with whom he had been corresponding with over the Internet. McLean picked the minor up from her house, brought her to the Greyhound bus station, and purchased two bus tickets to Brownsville, Texas. Upon discovering that the minor was missing, her family contacted law enforcement, who determined that McLean and the minor were on a Greyhound bus that had stopped in Tallahassee. Law enforcement officers recovered the minor victim and arrested McLean. McLean and the minor admitted that they had engaged in sex acts on the bus while traveling from Tampa to Tallahassee.

This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.

This is another case 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 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.justice.gov/psc.

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