EAST ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton announced Friday that Roy Browne was indicted for enticement of a minor.
Browne, 28, of Columbia, Ill., was indicted Feb. 24 by a grand jury in East St. Louis, Ill. for the charges.
According to authorities, the incident took place on Feb. 4 in Monroe County, Ill. after Browne solicited sex with boys on Facebook.
Browne could face a term of 10 years or more in prison, if convicted, and a $250,000 fine. He will also face a term of supervised release for at least five years.
Browne’s trial has been set for May 2.
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. It was investigated by the Columbia, Ill. Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.
An indictment is merely the method by which federal charges are lodged. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.