PENSACOLA, Fla. - A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Florida returned an indictment charging Douglas E. Leightey, 59, of Carey, Ohio, with knowingly crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor under the age of 12, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Pensacola Police Department and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The three-count indictment alleges that on April 22, Leightey traveled via interstate commerce to engage in sexual activity with a minor. The indictment also alleges that between Dec. 3, 2009, and April 22, Leightey used a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and that on April 12, he attempted to transfer obscene material to a minor.
"Through partnerships like the ones we have with the Pensacola Police Department and the U.S. attorney's office, we will continue to vigorously investigate child exploitation cases like this one," said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations overseeing Pensacola.
The indictment seeks the forfeiture of any property, real or personal, used or intended to be used to commit or to promote the commission of such offenses.
If convicted for using a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, Leightey faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. He faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison for traveling with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor. He also faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. 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, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lorena M. Vollrath-Bueno.