PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA – Following a two-day trial, Jeffrey Monroe Roy, 48, of Mobile, was found guilty of using the Internet in an attempt to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and of traveling from Mobile, Alabama, to Panama City, Florida, with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old female.
Evidence presented during trial proved that on June 13, 2012, law enforcement officers, acting in an undercover capacity posted an advertisement on Craigslist posing as a 13 year old female. Roy responded to the posting, and over the next three days, engaged in email chats and telephone calls that were sexual in nature with a person who the defendant believed to be a 13-year-old female named Jaz.
During his communications with Jaz, Roy discussed numerous sexual situations and attempted to entice the female to engage in sexual activity with him. After making arrangements to meet the Jaz, Roy drove from Mobile, Alabama on June 16, 2012 to meet with her at a predetermined location. There, Roy was arrested and found to be in possession of Viagra, condoms, a camera, a knife, handcuffs, a first aid kit, and a deck of 52 sex position cards.
As a result of the guilty verdict, Roy faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
Count one of the indictment is attempted online enticement of a minor, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Count two is traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Roy also faces a fine of up to $250,000, not less than five years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment on both counts. Sentencing is set for Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.
In announcing the verdict, Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, credited the success of this prosecution to the joint efforts of the agencies participating in the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, particularly U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Marshals Service, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gainesville Police Department