FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017 PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Ex-Police Officer Sentenced in Attempted Entice of Minor
LAREDO, Texas - A 42-year-old Odessa man and ex-police
officer has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for
attempted enticement of a minor, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Chad Michael Bennett pleaded guilty March 3, 2016.
Today, visiting U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison
sentenced Bennett to 120 months in federal prison. The sentence will be
immediately followed by 20 years of supervised release following completion of
his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous
requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. In
addition, the court ordered Bennett to register as a sex offender.
From Dec. 14, 2015, to Dec. 30, 2015, Bennett
communicated through cell phone calls, text messages, emails and online chats
detailing his intended plans to engage in sexual acts with a girl he thought
was a 14-year-old girl. He had placed a Craigslist ad to which an undercover
agent responded, claiming to be the mother of the girl and offering her for
On Dec. 30, 2015, Bennett flew from Odessa to Laredo for
the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with the girl. He was taken into
custody upon his arrival. At the time of his arrest, Bennett was in possession
of numerous images of child pornography.
Bennett will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations - Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney
José Angel Flores Jr. prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood,
a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to
combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the
United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation
and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local
resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit
children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about
Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>
and click on the tab "resources."