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Man sentenced to prison in Gwinnett Sheriff sting operation

ATLANTA - An Internet predator was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of using a computer to entice a child to engage in sexual activity.

William Douglas Money, 63, of Lexington, Ky., was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge Julie E. Carnes. Money's prison term will be followed by supervised release for the rest of his life.

Money was convicted on March 9.

Assistant United States Attorney Francey Hakes prosecuted the case.

A task force agent from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.

According to a statement released by United States Attorney David E. Nahmias, Money contacted, via an Internet chat room, a person he believed to be a 10-year-old girl in April 2005. He was really chatting with an undercover agent from the FBI's Safe Child Task Force.

During the next three months, Money continued to chat with the undercover agent in a chat room devoted to discussing the sexual abuse of children. Money expressed to the undercover agent his desire to engage in sexual activity with the child.

Money traveled to Atlanta from Kentucky on July 11, 2005 to meet the child and engage in sexual activity. He was arrested at an undisclosed shopping mall where he had arranged to meet the child.

Officials with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office did not immediately return calls for information.

The case was prosecuted 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 United States Attorney's Offices, 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.

"This case is another sad example of how desperate Internet predators are to engage in sexual activity with children," Nahmias said. "We will continue to aggressively pursue those who would prey on our children."