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March 3, 2015

Orange County Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice Minors to Engage in Sexual Activity

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Jonathan S. Bergeron (30, Orlando) to 12 years in prison for attempting to persuade, induce, and entice two minors he believed to be 12 and eight years of age to engage in illicit sexual conduct. He pleaded guilty on October 13, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, on July 9, 2014, Bergeron contacted an undercover FBI agent online who was posing as the father of two minors. Over the course of several days, Bergeron solicited sex with the children and said that he was using a website centered on incest to “navigate his way to more locals with young daughters.” Bergeron indicated that he wanted to network with like-minded individuals, and make having sex with children a recurrent event in his life.

On July 10, 2014, Bergeron traveled from Orlando to Lake Mary, where he intended to meet with the minors for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. He was subsequently arrested.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United State Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda.

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.justice.gov/psc.

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