Livingston man sentenced to 24 years in prison for trying to to arrange child sex

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Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:54 PM CST|Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:02 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Livingston man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after being convicted of attempted enticement of a minor, acting U.S. Attorney Ellison C. Travis announced Monday, June 7, 2021.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) says Jonathan Francis Kimbrell, 45, of Livingston, was indicted by a federal jury on June 20, 2019 and charged with attempted enticement of a minor.

After a four-day trial, Kimbrell was unanimously convicted on Feb. 13, 2020 after the jury deliberated for about two hours.

The DOJ says evidence at the trial showed from May 2 to June 20, 2019, Kimbrell communicated online with two undercover FBI agents, who he believed were the mother and stepfather of an 11-year-old girl.

The DOJ says Kimbrell believed the stepfather had repeatedly molested the girl and was not offering her up for sexual encounters with another adult. Officials say Kimbrell tried to convince the “parents” that he should be allowed to molest the girl and that he would do a better job than the stepfather.

Officials with the DOJ say hundreds of emails were exchanged over more than a month in which Kimbrell explicitly described what he would do to the child. DOJ officials go on to say during these conversations with the fictitious child, Kimbrell started calling himself “Turtle” and her “Princess.”

Eventually, Kimbrell met the two undercover agents at a restaurant in Denham Springs, still believing them to be the child’s parents, to discuss ground rules for his first sexual encounter with the girl. DOJ authorities say during the meeting, Kimbrell believed the girl was waiting for him at a motel across the parking lot. Kimbrell was arrested as he left the restaurant and walked towards the motel. Officials say when he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of two boxes of condoms, personal lubricant, and baby oil, as well as a rhinestone key chain that said “Princess.”

Kimbrell was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and must register as a convicted sex offender upon his release from prison, Travis said.

“This conviction and sentence demonstrates our continued commitment to bring justice to those individuals such as Kimbrell who exploit or harm our children. Working alongside our law enforcement partners in protecting our communities from child predators is a top priority of this office and I commend our prosecutor and our partners at FBI, Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and Denham Springs Police Department for their excellent work in this matter,” Travis said.

“Investigating individuals like Jonathan Kimbrell is one of the highest priorities of the FBI. As this case shows, the FBI continues to vigorously investigate and identify unknown individuals involved in the sexual exploitation of children. This sentence is the culmination of an investigation and successful prosecution by federal prosecutors, special agents, and intelligence analysts who work tirelessly to remove sexual predators from children’s lives,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas Williams, Jr. “I would also like to thank our partners the Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and Denham Springs Police Department for their collaboration and efforts with this investigation.”

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