Rayne man sentenced in federal court for attempting to entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity
LAFAYETTE - United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Allen Joseph Desormeaux, 31, of Rayne, was sentenced on Friday, March 2, to 10 years in federal prison and five years supervised release for attempting to entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in federal court in Lafayette. Desormeaux pleaded guilty in October of 2011, to attempting to entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. According to documents filed with the court prior to sentencing, Desormeaux acknowledged that beginning on February 24, 2011 through March 13, 2011, he was engaging in sexually explicit chats with an undercover officer he believed to be a 14-year old female.
During these chats, he would ask the 14-year female to send sexually explicit images of herself to him and also discussed meeting her and having sex. He later informed the person he belived to be a minor female that he was not comfortable meeting. The defendant also admitted to asking the girl to perform sexual acts via a web camera. The undercover officer was able to identify Desormeaux during one of their chats while Desormeaux was performing a sexual act for the 14-year old female.
United States Attorney Finley stated, “These type of cases are disturbing and deeply troubling. Those who prey on children will face serious consequences and heavy penalities. My office, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, will vigorously pursue those who exploit children.”
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Lafayette Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.