Vienna man convicted of trying to meet Hermitage student for sex
A former Vienna Township man awaits sentencing in federal court after authorities say he tried to meet a fourteen-year-old boy at his Hermitage, Pennsylvania school hoping to have sex.
A former Vienna Township man awaits sentencing in federal court after authorities say he tried to meet a 14-year-old boy at his Hermitage, Pennsylvania school hoping to have sex.
Jeffrey Judd, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of traveling with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today
Investigators say that in late May 2017, Judd began conversing with a 14-year-old male over the "Chathour" software application and by email.
Prosecutors say Judd arranged to meet the teen in the parking lot of the boy’s school in Hermitage on June 1, 2017, and traveled from Vienna to Hermitage, planning to engage in intercourse and oral sex acts with the victim.
Frightened by Judd’s arrival at the school, the boy failed to show at the meeting location. He later reported the incident to school officials.
Judd continued sending emails with the teen for another four days.
When Judd is sentenced on December 6, he could face a penalty of 30 years in prison, a $250,000, or both.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hermitage Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Judd.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.