PITTSBURGH - Roger Wesley Farris II, 41, of Waynesboro, Va., was sentenced in federal court to 44 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release on his conviction related to attempting to arrange for sex with a minor child. The sentence was announced by U.S. David J. Hickton.
Hickton commended Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Monroeville Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Farris.
According to information presented to the court, Farris attempted to arrange to pay for illegal sex with a 10-year-old girl. The investigation began as an undercover operation in which Farris contacted an agent posing as the uncle of a 10-year-old child in an effort to arrange sex with the child. Farris told the agent that he would pay $700, plus $50 for gas money, if the uncle would bring the child from West Virginia to a hotel in Pittsburgh. Farris was arrested on March 5, 2008, at the Quality Inn hotel in Pittsburgh.
"Farris was a person in a position of trust in society-a physician-who was bartering for the innocence of a child," said John Kelleghan, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Philadelphia. "HSI and its law enforcement partners, specifically the Monroeville Police Department, stand vigilant in the protection of the most vulnerable among us, our children."
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone commented that the defendant's conduct was "nothing less than despicable," but that he took into account the fact that the defendant would likely lose his medical license as a result of his conviction.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.