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Case Number: 3:21-cr-00294
Judge: Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville
Description: Nashville, Tennessee criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with child exploitation.
Kevin Figueroa, age 33, was indicted in April 2022, after contacting an undercover FBI agent who was conducting an online covert investigation using a popular mobile dating application. The undercover profile indicated that the persona of the agent was a 15-year-old female living in Clarksville. Figueroa, using the profile “Spike tkro,” continued to message the agent, even after confirming the persona was a 15-year-old female and sent a lewd photo and message before exchanging phone numbers with the agent. In subsequent communications, Figueroa proposed meeting with the agent to engage in sexual activity and arranged a meeting in November 2019, for which Figueroa failed to show.
The following month, Figueroa initiated contact with the agent on a different dating app and continued to communicate with who he believed to be the same 15-year-old female. Another meeting was subsequently arranged for March 17, 2020, at an apartment building in Clarksville for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. When Figueroa arrived at the meeting location, he was met by FBI agents.
While being interviewed by FBI agents, Figueroa learned that they intended to seize his phone and surreptitiously deleted apps from his phone.
Figueroa was found guilty of the charges after a bench trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., in September 2022.
This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Monica R. Morrison and Robert E. McGuire.
Outcome: Kevin Figueroa, 33, was sentenced to 10 years in prison concurrently on each count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. Figueroa was sentenced to an additional 30 months in prison for destruction or removal of evidence to prevent search or seizure, to run consecutively, and will serve 10 years of supervised release upon his release from prison.