High School Teacher Charged With Using Internet to Entice Minor

Mar 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    PEORIA, Ill., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Peoria, Ill. woman
 has been charged with using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in
 sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Rodger A. Heaton announced today. Jodi
 Elizabeth Church, 26, of Peoria, was arrested today and made her initial
 appearance in federal court in Peoria, Ill. this afternoon. U.S. Magistrate
 Judge John A. Gorman ordered Church to remain detained in the custody of
 the U.S. Marshals Service pending the preliminary and detention hearing
 scheduled for March 15, 2007.
     The affidavit alleges Church engaged in an Internet chat with a minor
 on Dec. 9, 2006. Church allegedly attempted to solicit a minor for sexual
 activity on MySpace.com. According to the affidavit, Church has been
 employed as a behavioral teacher at Manual High School in Peoria for
 approximately four years.
     The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February
 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood,
 a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online
 exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys, Project Safe Childhood
 marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and
 prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as
 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
 Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
     If convicted, enticement of a minor carries a mandatory minimum of 10
 years to life in prison, up to lifetime supervised release, and fines of up
 to $250,000.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
    PEORIA, Ill., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Peoria, Ill. woman
 has been charged with using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in
 sexual activity, U.S. Attorney Rodger A. Heaton announced today. Jodi
 Elizabeth Church, 26, of Peoria, was arrested today and made her initial
 appearance in federal court in Peoria, Ill. this afternoon. U.S. Magistrate
 Judge John A. Gorman ordered Church to remain detained in the custody of
 the U.S. Marshals Service pending the preliminary and detention hearing
 scheduled for March 15, 2007.
     The affidavit alleges Church engaged in an Internet chat with a minor
 on Dec. 9, 2006. Church allegedly attempted to solicit a minor for sexual
 activity on MySpace.com. According to the affidavit, Church has been
 employed as a behavioral teacher at Manual High School in Peoria for
 approximately four years.
     The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February
 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood,
 a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online
 exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys, Project Safe Childhood
 marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and
 prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet as well as
 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
 Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
     If convicted, enticement of a minor carries a mandatory minimum of 10
 years to life in prison, up to lifetime supervised release, and fines of up
 to $250,000.
 
 SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice