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Man gets more than 3 years in child predator case

The Herald-DispatchMay 24, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Kentucky man will serve more than three years in federal prison for traveling to West Virginia to have sex with a person he had believed to be an underage girl.

Richard Gerald Caudill Jr., 46, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington to traveling in interstate commerce in order to engage in illicit sexual activity with a minor.

Chambers sentenced him Monday to serve three years and 10 months in prison. Upon his release, he will be required to serve 15 years on supervised release and register as a sex offender.

As part of his plea, Caudill admitted he had communicated via a cellphone messaging app with who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl from Ashland. During the conversations, Caudill had attempted to persuade the girl to meet him to have sex.

Caudill traveled Aug. 28, 2018, from his home in Kentucky to Kenova to have sex with the girl, only then to discover the person he had been communicating with was an undercover law enforcement officer.

He faced up to 30 years in federal prison.

Project Safe Childhood is a national initiative with the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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