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Bruce Eugene Froman, 41, of Meridian pleaded guilty May 22 in U.S. District Court to attempted coercion and enticement, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. As part of his plea, Froman also agreed to forfeit the cell phone used in the commission of the charged offense.

According to the plea agreement, in March detectives with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force posted an online advertisement stating a mother and daughter were looking for a “mature man for play.” Froman responded to the advertisement and agreed to come to the residence of the purported 15-year-old to engage in sexual contact with her, according to Davis. When he arrived, detectives arrested him.

Detectives seized a cellphone from Froman’s vehicle, and later discovered the text messages between Froman and the purported mother and daughter. Froman admitted he “gave into his deviant thoughts,” and admitted sending messages indicating his intent to engage in sexual contact with a 15-year-old.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 14 before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise, according to the release.

Attempted coercion and enticement is punishable by no less than 10 years and up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a term of supervised release of not less than five years and up to life and a $5,100 special assessment, the release said.

This case was investigated as part of a joint operation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Idaho ICAC Task Force, the United States Attorney’s Office, the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the Boise Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Garden City Police Department, the United States Marshal’s Service and the United States Postal Inspectors Service.This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims, the release said.

 

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