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Case Number: 1:22-cr-00143
Judge: Dana Christensen
Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Yellowstone County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Billings
Description: Billings, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with coercing a minor girl to engage in
sexual conduct with him and into producing sexually explicit images of herself after providing the girl with a laptop.
The government alleged in court documents that in September 2021, Marshall Vincent Lucas, age 42, of Billings, provided the victim, Jane Doe 1, who is under the age of 16 years, with a laptop for purposes of communicating with her. Lucas had met Jane Doe 1 through her mother. Lucas began to correspond with Jane Doe 1 using an alias. Through electronic and in-person communications, Lucas asked Jane Doe 1 how she felt about him and requested nude pictures of her and to engage in sexual conduct with him. Lucas persisted, and ultimately engaged in sexual conduct with Jane Doe 1 and she provided him with nude pictures of herself that she produced as his direction. Lucas also sent Jane Doe 1 nude pictures of himself and instructed her to delete electronic communications between them.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno B. Baucus prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force and the Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office.
18 U.S.C. 2422:
"Section 2422(a) of Title 18 prohibits anyone from knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing an individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce with the purpose of engaging in prostitution or any criminal sexual activity, or attempting to do so, and imposes a maximum punishment of 10 years' imprisonment and/or a fine under Title 18.
Section 2422(b) of Title 18 provides that if the individual who has been persuaded, induced, enticed, or coerced to engage in prostitution or other criminal sexual act is "
Outcome: Defendant committed to the custody of the BOP for a term of 168 months. Supervised release for a term of 10 years. Standard and special conditions imposed. Fine waived. Special assessment of $100 (JVTA assessment is waived).