A Troy man was charged in federal court with attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child and attempted enticement of a minor.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said the allegations against Shane L. Schlaefer, 27, took place on or about April 6 in Madison County. The court has ordered Schlaefer be held without bond pending trial.
“My office will spare no time or effort in defending the most innocent in our society — our children,” Wigginton said. “Again, I warn parents — be knowledgeable and vigilant of computer usage when it comes to your children. Predators are out there, and they will stop at nothing to get to their prey.”
The complaint alleges Schlaefer attempted to recruit, induce, entice and obtain a child younger than 14, knowing the child would be caused to be engaged in a commercial sex act.
If convicted of attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child, Schlaefer faces a term in prison of not less than 15 years up to life, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of not less than five years up to life. If convicted of attempted enticement
of a minor, Schlaefer faces a term in prison of not less than 10 years up to life, a fine up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of not less than five years up to life.
A complaint is a formal charge against a defendant that is composed of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
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 the United States 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 investigators for the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the U.S. Secret Service’s Southern Illinois Cyber-Crime Unit and the Illinois State Police. The case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers for prosecution.