URBANA, Ill. - A Michigan man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Monday after he arranged for an Illinois woman and her two children to travel to Michigan so he could have sex with them. The "woman" was actually an undercover police officer. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Decatur Police Department.
Danny W. Orr, 58, of Port Huron, Mich., was sentenced May 16 by Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey to 20 years in prison. Upon release from prison, Judge McCuskey ordered Orr be placed on supervised release with conditions for the rest of his life.
A jury convicted Orr Jan. 31 of attempting to entice a minor to travel across state lines to engage in sexual conduct and using interstate communications to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual conduct. Evidence presented by the government showed Orr used the Internet and telephone to communicate with a woman he believed to be a 34-year-old woman from Decatur, Ill., and her two girls, aged 3 and 5 years old. Orr tried to persuade the woman to travel to Michigan with her children so he could have sex with the woman and with the two young girls. However, Orr was actually communicating with an undercover ICE task force officer posing as the woman with two minor children whom Orr had met in an Internet chat room.
ICE agents arrested Orr on Sept. 12, 2006, in Michigan, after conducting a federal search warrant at his residence.
"This sentence is a stern reminder of the consequences awaiting those who use the Internet to sexually exploit innocent children," said Michael Mitchell, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Springfield. "Some predators mistakenly believe there is anonymity in cyberspace that shields them from scrutiny. However, their use of computers and the Internet have given us new tools in our enforcement efforts to protect children."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass, Central District of Illinois, prosecuted this case.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE 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. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,000 individuals, including more than 580 in Illinois.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.