PITTSBURGH – An Ohio resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned on February 19 and unsealed on February 22, named Jeffrey Judd, 60, Vienna, Ohio, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, Judd, on June 1, 2017, knowingly traveled in interstate commerce from Vienna, Ohio, to Hermitage, Pennsylvania, for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hermitage Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This 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. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.