A 35-year-old Sacramento man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for using the Internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual acts.
Eric G. Lowe also will be subject to 10 years of supervised release following his time in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
On April 14, 2012, Lowe posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking someone with whom to "have a Daddy/Daughter incest relationship," according to court documents. An undercover detective from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department responded to the ad through email, posing as a 13-year-old girl.
Lowe attempted to induce, entice and coerce "Amy" to meet with him, asking when "Amy's" mother would be away from her house, and where he and the supposed 13-year-old could go and have sex. He also asked "Amy" to recruit one of her friends to participate in sexual conduct, authorities said.
A search warrant was obtained to seize and search Lowe's computer for evidence of the attempt to entice "Amy." Authorities said Lowe admitted to communicating with "Amy," as well as with a minor in Davis. He told authorities that he had a sexual preference for 9-year-olds, and admitted using a file-sharing service to download and view child pornography.
Lowe also admitted to sexually molesting a prepubescent girl, according to the news release.
He pleaded guilty in January to attempted enticement of a minor.
The case resulted form an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The federally and state-funded task force is managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and is made up of agents from federal, state and local agencies.