BOISE — A 31-year-old Adrian man was sentenced to just over 34 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor while he was supposed to be a registered sex offender for a sex crime that happened a decade ago in Malheur County.
Brett Michael Malone was sentenced to 412 months, according to a news release today from the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Idaho.
The crime: attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, according to U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit. Malone was convicted Oct. 24, 2022 following a four-day jury trial.
Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also sentenced Malone to a lifetime of supervised release and entered an order forfeiting the electronic device used to commit the offense. Malone was ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the offense and will be required to register as a sex offender as a result of the conviction.
Following the jury’s verdict, Malone admitted to a sentencing enhancement for committing the enticement offense while having a duty under state law to register as a sex offender. In 2013, Malone was convicted of rape in the third degree in Malheur County.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Malone used Facebook to communicate with a 15-year-old girl in Idaho. During the communications, je sent the victim sexually explicit images and videos and enticed her to meet him for sexual contact. The victim’s mom located messages between Malone and the victim on the victim’s cellphone and reported the messages to Homeland Security Investigations. HSI assumed the victim’s online identity and began communicating with Malone in an undercover capacity. During the communications, Malone continued to engage in sexually explicit conversation with the undercover agent posing as the victim and arranged to meet the victim for sexual contact. When Malone traveled to meet the victim, he was apprehended by law enforcement.
“While nothing can make up for the trauma suffered by the victim in this case and all victims of child exploitation, this sentence sends a strong message that those who victimize children will be prosecuted and severely punished,” said Hurwit in the release. “In this case, we are glad that the community will be protected from further predation by this repeat offender. I am grateful to the federal, state, tribal, and local investigators, parents, teachers, and all others who take action to protect vulnerable minors.”
“Malone’s days of preying on and exploiting the minors of Idaho are hopefully over,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations operations in the Pacific Northwest. “This sentence should serve as a warning to those engaged in this type of criminal behavior, if you seek to exploit our children HSI and our Idaho law enforcement partners will stop at nothing to hold you accountable. This outcome highlights the consequences of believing otherwise. The partnership with Idaho State police and Boise Police Department was tremendous on this case and was critical to its overall success.”
U.S. Attorney Hurwit commended the cooperative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, Idaho State Police, and Boise Police Department, which led to the charges.
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I sat through that trial.you should start setting in on these trials instead of repeating what they tell you. It made me sick watching the federal justice system at work. Oh did I say her Facebook profile says she is 19, that she has done this to 4 other guys before and 2 since. She is the one enticing young men and ruining there lives for fun or pay from Hsi either way she is the predator and her and her parents should be the ones sitting in jail where is the parental responsibility here wheres the justice bet she is doing it to another. It could be your son next so don't hook up with anyone you meet online they to may be lier's
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