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US jury finds Nepali guilty of attempting to entice child for sex

05 April 2021  

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KATHMANDU: A US federal jury has found Sanjay Lama, 32, of Jacksonville guilty of using the internet to attempt to entice a 12-year-old child to engage in sexual activity.

According to a release issued by the US Department of Justice, Lama, legally residing in Jacksonville and working as an information technology specialist for a local company was arrested on September 25, 2019.

For his offence, Lama faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 10 years, and up to life, in federal prison and a potential life term of supervised release, the Department says.

A sentencing hearing on this case is scheduled for July 19, 2021.

According to evidence and testimony introduced during the five-day trial, on September 25, 2019, an undercover FBI agent who was posing online as a pregnant 12-year-old girl, was contacted by Lama, who was using the screen name “Awesome_Jack.”  Lama and the undercover agent engaged in online conversation using a social media app known both for its anonymity as well as for being a way to meet others online for sex.

Throughout that day, Lama sent 160 text messages in which he expressed his desire to meet the 12-year-old “child” to engage in sexual activity. Lama provided graphic descriptions of the sexual acts that he wanted to perform on the “child.”

Later that afternoon, Lama left his workplace in downtown Jacksonville and rode his motorcycle to a prearranged location at a shopping center in south Jacksonville to meet the “child.” His plan was to take her to her nearby residence for sex.

When he arrived at the meeting location, Lama was approached by FBI agents as he was texting with the “child” on his cellphone and was arrested.

(With inputs from US Department of Justice’s press release)

Publish Date : 05 April 2021 19:25 PM

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