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Indiana School Teacher Charged with Traveling to Kentucky to Engage in Sexual Conduct with a Minor | USAO-WDKY

Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, today returned a three-count indictment alleging a high school teacher from Evansville, Indiana, of traveling across state lines to Owensboro, Kentucky to engage in illegal sexual activity with a person whom he believed to be a fifteen-year-old child, attempted to seduce a minor and attempted to transmit obscene material to a minor.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Robert Holman of the United States Secret Service Louisville Field Office, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. of the Kentucky State Police and Chief Art Das shared Ealum from the Owensboro Police Department.

The indictments were the result of a joint federal, state and local operation called Operation Angel, which aimed to arrest federal sex offenders who prey on children in the Owensboro area. The operation, led by United States Secret Intelligence Service, included the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, the Kentucky State Police and the Owensboro Police Department.

According to court documents, Cody McCormick, 27, of Evansville, Indiana, was charged with one charge of attempted seduction of a minor, one charge of interstate travel to engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor and one charge of attempted transmission of obscene material to a minor. McCormick faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison on the temptation charge. McCormick also faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on charges of interstate travel to engage in illegal sexual conduct with a minor and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on charges of obscenity. If convicted, a federal district court judge will determine McCormick’s sentence after considering sentencing guidelines and other legal factors. There is no probation in the federal system.

The defendant will appear in court at a later date before a US Magistrate Judge at the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Owensboro.

The United States Secret Service, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, the Kentucky State Police and the Owensboro Police Department are investigating the case.

Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKiness is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Justice Department in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the CID’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Division, Project Safe Childhood provides federal, state, and local resources to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who are sexually exploiting children and around identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information on internet safety education, go to www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the Resources tab.

An accusation is just an allegation. All accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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