United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt
Southern District of Iowa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 25, 2010
GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD ENTICEMENT CHARGE
DES MOINES - On June 25, 2010, Ryan Demetrius Kemp, age 38, of Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced to a term of 210 months’ imprisonment for enticing a child to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and a 120 month term for committing a felony sex offense against a minor while being on the Sex Offender Registry. Senior United States District Court Judge Ronald E. Longstaff, pursuant to federal law, ordered the sentences to run consecutively for a total sentence of 330 months’ imprisonment. Judge Longstaff also ordered Kemp to serve a lifetime term of supervised release upon his release from prison and pay a crime victim fund assessment of $100.00.
United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said that tough federal laws dealing with the sexual exploitation of minors were designed for repeat sexual offenders such as Kemp. Klinefeldt further added that while the Internet has many practical uses, it is also a place where sexual predators lurk and attempt to sexually exploit children. He encouraged parents to visit the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children website at www.iaicac.org for more information on internet safety.
On September 23, 2009, Kemp pled guilty to the child enticement charge. The case arose out of an investigation which revealed that Kemp was posing as a 17 year old male in an Internet chat room. Kemp came into contact with a 13 year old female in this chat room and traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to Altoona, Iowa on two separate occasions in April of 2007 and engaged in unlawful sexual activity with the minor female.
Kemp pled guilty to two Counts of Sexual Abuse 3rd degree and Failure to register on the Sex Offender Registry in Polk County District Court that were related to these trips. Kemp was also previously convicted of child molestation in Carroll County, Georgia in 1999. Kemp was placed on the Sex Offender Registry as a result of this conviction. Kemp was a police officer in Monroe, Georgia from January of 1997 through April of 1998.
This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. This case was investigated by the Altoona, Iowa Police Department, the Polk County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectchildhood.gov.