A Citrus Heights man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Sacramento to 15 years and eight months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor.
James Anthony Demotto, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley and will be subject to 20 years of supervised release following his prison term, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to the plea agreement, Demotto in May 2012 began communicating online with an undercover officer in Massachusetts who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. Within several minutes of chatting online, Demotto propositioned her to engage in online sexual conduct and to take photographs of herself.
By January 2013, Demotto had engaged in Internet conversations of a sexual nature with two other undercover agents who were posing as underage girls. Authorities said he repeatedly asked for sexually explicit pictures from the “girls.”
When law enforcement agents searched Demotto’s computer, they found evidence that he had been communicating with actual minors and had received sexually explicit pictures from them. Authorities also found evidence that he had searched for and downloaded images of child pornography from the Internet, and a clown mask was found in his bedroom.
In sentencing Demotto, the judge noted that Demotto had made attempts to meet with a fictional victim, driving down the street where he thought she lived and asking her in online conversation whether she had seen someone in a clown outfit driving around her neighborhood.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI.