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United States of America v. Christopher Lee Cumberland
Case Number: 19-cr-60094
Judge: Roy K. Altman
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami-Dade County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Catherine Koontz
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Miami, FL - Osceola County Resident Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Attempting to Entice a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity
Christopher Lee Cumberland, of Osceola County, Florida was sentenced on to 365 months in prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release after previously pleading guilty to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.
According to the court docket, including the agreed upon factual proffer, on March 28, 2019, a law enforcement officer acting in an undercover capacity observed that Cumberland posted a message on an internet group messaging forum that used language commonly associated with individuals seeking children for sexual purposes. The undercover made contact with Cumberland online. Between March 28, 2019 and April 10, 2019, the undercover and Cumberland exchanged more than 500 messages.
During the communications, Cumberland expressed an interest in meeting in person so that he could engage in sexual activity with a minor. Later, Cumberland met with the undercover agent in the Southern District of Florida with the intent to commit a sex act with a minor.
Cumberland also admitted that he had sexual contact with numerous minors.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigatory efforts of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force in this matter.
Enticement of a minor in violation for 18 U.S.C. 2422, which provides:
(a) Whoever knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, to engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
(b) Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by life time supervision.