New York man paid mom to have sex with 9-year-old Ohio girl, pleads guilty in federal court

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BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Jacob Gorman, age 39, of Waverly, New York, pled guilty today to attempted online enticement of a minor.  The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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As part of his guilty plea Gorman admitted that between August 11, 2020 and August 27, 2020, he exchanged text messages with an undercover officer he believed was the mother of a 9-year old girl.  In those messages, Gorman expressed an interest in meeting the child and engaging in sex acts with her.  Gorman negotiated a price he was willing to pay to engage in sex acts with the child and on August 27, 2020, drove to a pre-determined location in Broome County to meet and have sex with the child.  Gorman was then encountered by law enforcement and arrested.

As a result of his conviction, Gorman faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of between five years and life.  He will also be required to register as a sex offender.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2021 before Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

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This case is being investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force. This task force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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