Sex Trafficking of a Child: 5-Day Trial Ends in Conviction

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Timothy Streitmatter, age 44, of Peoria, Illinois, was found guilty on September 16, 2022, of attempted online enticement and attempted sex trafficking of a child, after a five-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour before rendering guilty verdicts against Streitmatter for using the internet and an electronic device to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a person who he believed to be 13 years old to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and to engage in a commercial sex act in exchange for U.S. currency.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office offered testimony from multiple special agents from the FBI-Allentown Office and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and an FBI special agent from the Philadelphia Office who offered expert testimony in cell phone forensics and undercover online child exploitation investigations.

The maximum penalty under federal law is life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, sex offender registration under the Adam Walsh Act, and a fine.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Philadelphia Division, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle Olshefski and Sean Camoni prosecuted the case.

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