DALLAS — A man, formerly of Oklahoma City, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years and three months in federal prison, after he pleaded guilty in October 2012 to sending obscene material to a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Andrew Dale McKee, 36, admitted that in April 2012 he sent a friend request to "Jane Doe," a 14-year-old girl, via Facebook. Jane Doe's Facebook page was public, listing her name, true birth date, middle school and her cell phone number. After Jane Doe accepted his friend request, McKee text messaged her, engaged in sexually explicit messaging, and sent her an obscene photograph.
McKee told Jane Doe that he wanted to have sex with her and another friend, "Britany," who McKee also believed was a 14-year-old girl. Via his cell phone, McKee ultimately persuaded Britany to meet him in Garland, Texas, to engage in illegal sexual activity with him. McKee also admitted he sent Britany the same obscene image he sent to Jane Doe.
On April 26, 2012, McKee used public transportation to meet Britany in Garland at a prearranged time and place, intending to have sex with her. Instead, when he arrived, he was arrested by officers with the Garland Police Department.
This case was investigated by the Garland Police Department, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.