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Child Exploitation
01/10/2008

Anchorage man sentenced on federal obscenity charges

Defendant planned to meet 13-year-old girl for sex

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage man was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison for using the Internet to attempt to send obscene materials to a minor following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In May 2007, Michael Rabon, 25, visited a Yahoo! chat room and exchanged instant messages via his computer and cell phone with a 13-year-old girl from Anchorage. During the course of the on-line conversation, he used graphic sexual language and admitted he was 25 years old. He also e-mailed four obscene photographs of himself to the young girl.

Rabon made arrangements to meet the girl for sex at a local Anchorage park and provided detailed conversations regarding what would happen during this sexual encounter. He kept asking the teen if she had told anyone about their plans. When Rabon showed up at the meeting place, he was arrested by ICE agents and local law enforcement officers.

"The outcome of this case serves as a reminder that child predators face serious consequences if they illegally pursue young people on-line,"said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations that oversees Alaska."ICE remains committed to investigating this type of behavior to prevent the exploitation of children."

Following his release from prison, Rabon will be subject to three years of supervised release during which time he will be prohibited from using the Internet, or possessing a computer, cell phone or other electronic device with access to the Internet. Rabon is also prohibited from frequenting places where children or teens gather and cannot associate with his own children without prior approval from the probation office.

ICE was assisted in this investigation by the Alaska State Troopers and the Anchorage Police Department.