From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A federal grand jury in March indicted a Sylacauga man for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor according to U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.
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The U.S. Department of Justice reported that Jerry Wayne Hamilton, 49, has been charged in an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court with attempting to coerce and entice an alleged 15-year-old girl to meet him for sexual acts. When Hamilton drove to meet the minor child for a sexual encounter, he was instead met by law enforcement.
“Our office along with our federal and state law enforcement partners stand committed to see child predators brought to justice,” said Town. “The tolerance for those who prey on innocent children is none.”
The penalty for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor is 10 years to life in prison.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI Birmingham Division Child Exploitation Task Force along with Mountain Brook Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leann White is prosecuting the case.