Fairfield Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Attempted Online Coercion of a Child

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SACRAMENTO — Kevin Blaine Cline, 47, of Fairfield, was sentenced today to 14 years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for attempted online coercion of a child, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Nov. 1, 2019, an undercover agent observed Cline’s post on the social media platform Whisper that said he was “Looking for dad’s (sic) who love their daughters near me I … Have a question.” The notation at the bottom of Cline’s post said, “Freaky Sexual Desires.” The undercover agent, posing as a dad, engaged in a two-day conversation on Whisper with Cline, and Cline sent the agent two images of child pornography. Cline planned a meeting with the “dad” and “daughter” in order to sexually molest her. Cline then drove from Fairfield to Pleasant Hill to meet up with what he believed to be a seven‑year-old girl. When Cline arrived, however, he was placed under arrest.

The factual basis of the plea agreement contains a description of the sexual activity that Cline wanted to engage in with the seven-year-old girl, as well as sexual acts he planned to perform with a 10-year-old girl in Washington state. Cline brought a tube of lubricant and three wrapped condoms in his car when he arrived to meet with what he believed to be the father and his seven-year-old daughter. In the week before his arrest, Cline was distributing files containing visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct with other people through Whisper messenger.

“Cline attempted to commit vile acts on children, and he may have continued undetected for years but for the painstaking work of the investigators who brought him to justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert. “We are gratified by the sentence he received today which will help prevent him from harming other children.”

“This case is representative of the collaborative efforts among Homeland Security Investigations, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, which led to this guilty plea and the ultimate rescue of a child in another region,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King. “Parents and caregivers are urged to engage with their children on the potential dangers of social media interaction and to alert law enforcement authorities if they have any concerns. Additional info is available at HSI iGuardians and NCMEC Netsmartz.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SVICAC) a federally and state-funded task force with agents from federal, state, and local agencies that investigates online child exploitation crimes, including child pornography, enticement, and sex trafficking. The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation as part of the SVICAC. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina McCall prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

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