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Description: Seattle, Washingtion criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with attempting to entice a minor in violation of 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.
A 29-year-old Brooklyn, New York man was accused of attempting to enticement of a minor.
“The conduct in this case paints a disturbing picture of those who sexualize children and seek to abuse them for their gratification,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. “In this instance, fortunately, the child was a fiction – but Mr. Singh’s fantasies about sexual abuse were all too real. This sentence should serve as a warning to those tempted to act on such dark desires.”
According to court documents, Singh began communicating with an undercover officer in August 2020 about his desire to travel to Washington State to sexually abuse a child. The undercover agent created a fictitious daughter and Singh communicated extensively about his desire to rape the child and film the sexual assault. At various times in the chats, Singh indicated he had previously molested children. Singh was observed in New York getting on a flight to Seattle, arrived at Sea-Tac, and took a shuttle to an area hotel and was arrested there by agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
In asking the court to impose a 14-year sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Matt Hampton wrote, “Rajesh Singh travelled thousands of miles with a singular purpose: to commit unspeakable violence against a small child. This trip was not a lark or a whim but the culmination of extensive planning and chats with someone Singh thought was going to help him realize his dreams of abusing a child.”
“The fact that Singh was willing to fly across the country to complete his enticement of a 12yr old minor speaks to the danger he poses to all of our children,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “HSI’s undercover operations in the cyber-realm are important to identify these predators and hopefully stop them before they are able to sexually abuse a child.”
Judge Jones sentenced Singh to 15 years of supervised release to follow the prison term.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Hampton prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 120 months in custody of the Bureau of Prisons; 15 years supervised release with standard and special conditions; $100.00 special assessment; fine waived.