An online sex predator from Ohio was sentenced to federal prison Friday for the solicitation of whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl from Greenville.

Hussain Kamal, 52, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 235 months (19.58 years) in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Kamal was convicted at trial in February on one count of enticement of a minor and one count of traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor.

The announcement was made Friday by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.

The jury was presented evidence at trial that in May 2008, Kamal initiated communications on Yahoo! chat with an individual whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl from Greenville.

This girl, however, was in fact an adult working with “Perverted Justice,” a citizen group dedicated to protecting children from sexual predators. On multiple occasions, from May 20, 2008, through July 4, 2008, Kamal chatted with her via Yahoo! Many of the chats were of a sexual nature in which Kamal suggested that they engage in sexually explicit behavior and take photographs of each other, from the neck down.

Eventually, Kamal and the girl agreed that on July 5, 2008, he would come to Greenville (on his way back to New Braunfels from Ohio) and meet her at a local movie theater. Kamal didn’t know that she had contacted the Greenville Police Department about him and had forwarded them their chat logs, along with information about the date and time of their meeting.

 As scheduled, on July 5, 2008, Kamal arrived at the movie theater and officers with the Greenville Police Department were waiting for him.

Kamal was arrested and, in his car, officers found receipts documenting his travel from Ohio to Texas, a laptop computer, external hard drive, condoms, Viagra, a digital camera and a Dale Ernhardt teddy bear. A forensic analysis of Kamal’s computer equipment contained images of pornography (not confirmed child pornography) and Yahoo! chats, with others, including an individual claiming to be a 16-year-old girl.

The 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

The case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa J. Miller and Camille Sparks prosecuted.

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