By Daniel Webster, dweb.News
Jacksonville, Florida – Sanjay Lama (32 years old), has been sentenced by Marcia Morales Howard, United States District Judge, to 10 years in federal jail for using the internet in an attempt to lure a 12-year-old boy to sexual activity. Lama was also given a 10-year term on supervised release and registered as a sex offenders. Lama was detained since September 25, 2019. Lama, a citizen from Nepal, was arrested in Jacksonville on September 25, 2019, and has been held since then.
The trial heard evidence and testimony that Lama contacted an undercover FBI agent on September 25, 2019. He was posing as a 12-year-old pregnant child online using the screen name “Awesome_Jack”. Lama and the undercover agent had an online conversation via a social media platform that is both anonymous and allows them to meet other online for sex. Lama sent 160 texts to the “child” over the course of that day, expressing his desire for sexual activity with the 12-year-old. Lama gave graphic descriptions of the sexual acts he would perform on the “child.” Lama rode his motorcycle from his downtown Jacksonville workplace to a prearranged spot at a south Jacksonville shopping center to meet the “child.” Lama planned to take her to her home for sex. Lama was arrested after he arrived at the meeting place. He was texting with the “child”, FBI agents approached him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville investigated the case. It was prosecuted in the United States by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood. It was a nationwide initiative that the Department of Justice launched in May 2006 to combat the growing problem of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Project Safe Childhood is led by the United States Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. It marshals federal and state resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute those who sexually exploit children and to rescue them. Visit http://www.justice.gov/psc for more information on Project Safe Childhood.
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