A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to entice a Lake Charles child to engage in sexual activity.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Timothy Lee Kelly, 41, of Jeannette, Penn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on one count of using a facility in interstate commerce to attempt to cause a minor to engage in elicit sexual activity and on one count of possession of child pornography. He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender.

According to evidence, Kelly began communicating with a 13-year-old girl in January 2013. Kelly engaged in discussing sexually explicit conduct, sent explicit images of himself to the girl and requested she reciprocate. He went as far as to suggest he travel to Louisiana to request the girl have sex with him.

One month later, he was arrested for being in contact with the teenager. Investigators then searched Kelly's computer and electronic devices that contained child pornography.

“We will aggressively pursue those who sexually abuse minors and possess child
pornography,” Finley stated. “Keeping children safe is one of our highest priorities in
this District. I hope this serves as a deterrent to anyone seeking to acquire this type of material and a warning that child predators cannot hide.”

Homeland Security Investigations, the Greenburg Pennsylvania Police Department and the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Luke Walker and Jamilla A. Bynog prosecuted the case.