A former Folsom swim coach was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento’s federal court to 12 years in prison for attempted enticement of a minor.
Eric Johnston, 23, will be subject to 20 years of supervised release following his time in his prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. handed down the sentence Thursday.
According to plea agreements filed in the case, Johnston arranged to meet what he thought to be a 13-year-old minor at a hotel. Johnston was arrested when he arrived at the designated meeting.
Following his arrest, Johnston allowed law enforcement officers to assume his identity and send a message to Nicholas Perry of Sacramento, who had communicated with Johnston about the meeting with a 13-year-old. The officers, posing as Johnston, emailed Perry that he was at the hotel. Perry arrived approximately 45 minutes later and was arrested. Both men have been in federal custody since their arrest in June 2012.
Authorities said subsequent investigation identified a minor with whom Johnston was engaged in a sexual relationship. Based on that conduct, he was sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to two years in prison to be served concurrently with his federal sentence.
According to federal court online records, Perry is to be sentenced Aug. 21.
The case was investigated by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a federally and state-funded task force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department with agents from federal state and local agencies.