A Robertsdale, AL, man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for trying to have sex with a 14-year-old boy across state lines. According to news reports, David Allen Girard, was arrested and charged with for using a computer facility to lure a minor child to engage in sexual activity. Police said that the man had a previous conviction in Alabama for the possession of child pornography and is a registered sex offender in this state.
Authorities had alleged that the 53-year-old Alabama man chatted with the victim on a web site called “gay.com” in what appears to have been a sting operation to catch sexual predators. As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, I have the ability to represent individuals charged with criminal sexual behavior such as this man was.
According to reports, the defendant had apparently arranged to meet the youngster in Pensacola, FL, for the purpose of having sexual relations with him. Driving from his residence in Alabama to Florida, Girard found that the “14-year-old-boy” was actually a fictitious person created by a group of local law enforcement officers working in an undercover Internet sting operation.
Following the out-of-state arrest, the man was taken into custody. Police reportedly found on his person condoms and personal lubrication. A U.S. district judge sentenced Girard to 195 months in federal prison to be followed by a life time term of supervised release.
For anyone who thinks that sex crimes are not serious offenses, this story shows that the penalties can be harsh and remain with a person for their entire life. Because of this, it is always wise to seek the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney who has experience defending individuals accused of criminal sexual behavior.
Alabama man sentenced for trying to have sex with a minor, SRPressGazette.com, October 13, 2009