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Merritt Island man sentenced to 10 years for online enticement of a minor

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Merritt Island man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for enticing a minor online and traveling to engage in sexual activity. This case was investigated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to court documents, on Nov. 10, Jason G. Aman, 30, used an Internet chat room to initiate contact with an undercover agent who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. On that same day, he chatted with the agent using graphic and explicit sexual language. He expressed his desire to engage in sexual activity with the girl. Aman instructed the 14-year-old to wear certain clothing and arranged to meet with her in Brevard County. When he arrived at the arranged location, Aman encountered undercover agents who subsequently arrested him.

Aman pleaded guilty June 3.

The 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.