He went online hoping to find someone to have sex with ‘Daddy.’ Now he’s going to prison.

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The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

BOISE — Jerry Lynn Moore, 43, of Weiser, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison followed by 10 years supervised release, for attempted sexual exploitation of children, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Moore was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye. Moore pleaded guilty on Aug. 14.

According to the plea agreement, in Dec. 2017, Moore posted a Craigslist advertisement seeking an individual to have sexual contact with “Daddy.” A detective with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force responded to the ad in an undercover capacity, posing as a 15- year-old girl.

Between Dec. 4, 2017 and March 15, 2018, Moore communicated with the undercover officer using the Google voice text application and voicemails. During the online communications, Moore sent numerous messages attempting to persuade, induce, and entice the person he believed to be a 15-year-old child to meet him for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. Moore also requested the 15-year-old produce and send him videos and images of the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On three occasions, Moore sent explicit images of his genitalia to the undercover detective.

On March 18, 2018, the undercover agreed to meet Moore for sexual activity and gave him the address of a residence where she was located. Moore arrived at the location and was arrested by law enforcement. Moore admitted he had arrived at the location to meet up with the 15-year-old for sexual contact, but claimed he could not recall her age.

At sentencing, Judge Nye also ordered Moore to forfeit the desktop computer, cell phone and tablet used in the commission of the offense. As a result of his conviction, Moore will be required to register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and 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. As part of Project Safe Childhood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.