Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that in the fall of 2015, Patrick enticed two minor females under the age of 18 to send to him sexually explicit pictures of themselves. The defendant used the application known as “Kik” to communicate with a 14-year-old female in Florida and a female in Pennsylvania who was not quite 12 years-old.
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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 12.