Timothy S. Griesemer, 40, of Jerseyville, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison for attempted sex trafficking of a minor and attempted enticement of a minor, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced in a press release.
Griesemer was ordered to pay a $1,200 fine and a $200 special assessment. When Griesemer is released from prison, he will be on federal supervised release for the rest of his life. Griesemer was convicted of both counts on Oct. 10, 2014, after a three-day jury trial.
Evidence presented at trial established that in October 2013, Griesemer sent text messages to a female acquaintance indicating that he had a desire to obtain a minor child for the purposes of engaging in sexual acts with the child. The acquaintance called the Jerseyville Police Department to report the text messages. Jerseyville Police Department enlisted the assistance of agents from the Illinois State Police and the U.S. Secret Service, who initiated an investigation. On Oct. 10, 2013, Griesemer exchanged more than 95 text messages with undercover agents, during which Griesemer repeatedly stated his desire to pay money to engage in sexual acts with an 8-year-old female.
During the text conversation, Griesemer agreed to meet at an apartment in Jerseyville for what he believed would be a meeting with the young child to engage in sexual acts. Griesemer arrived at the apartment, confirmed his intentions, and was arrested by law enforcement. During a search of Griesemer upon arrest, agents located a condom, two bottles of personal lubricant, a sexual device and $311 in Griesemer’s pockets.
In pronouncing the sentence, a federal judge commented on the serious and heinous nature of the offense and the need to protect the public from future crimes of Griesemer, stating that Griesemer is a “sexual parasite, the treatment for which is a lengthy prison sentence.”
“I am grateful that a member of the public reported to law enforcement Griesemer’s text messages, which revealed a plan to find a child to sexually violate,” Wigginton said. “But for the actions of a conscientious citizen and dedicated law enforcement officers who immediately investigated the tip, this defendant would have been free to prey on innocent children.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For information about Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police, the U.S. Secret Service and the Jerseyville Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers.