GOSHEN – A Newark, NJ man was sentenced to 21 years in prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity.
According to allegations, registered sex offender, Terrick Washington, age 45, at the time thought he was communicating with a thirteen year old girl, who he was trying to entice into engaging in sexual activity. He was in fact communicating with Orange County District Attorney Office Criminal Investigators. Washington set up what he believed was to be a meeting with the girl in order to have sexual intercourse with her on Nov. 11, 2015.
When he came into Orange County to meet the girl, Orange County District Attorney Office Investigators, aided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and FBI, arrested him and charged him with felonies, including Attempted Rape in the Second Degree. The arrest occurred at the train station in Harriman. Due to the greater penalties available under Federal law, the case was ultimately prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
“Predators who target children deserve the harshest prison sentences possible,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I am grateful that the criminal investigators in my office were able to expose this registered sex offender’s plans to entice a child into sexual activity and arrest him before he could harm another child. In those cases where a Federal prosecution will result in substantially more incarceration than that authorized under New York State law, we will continue to work with our Federal law enforcement partners in seeing that justice is done, and that our children are protected.”
According to a United States Attorney’s Office press release:
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Terrick Washington, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to 262 months in prison by United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas for his attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity. Judge Karas also imposed a 5-year term of supervised release to follow the prison term. The sentencing followed Washington’s guilty plea on March 8, 2017.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:
On or about Dec. 21, 1993, Washington was convicted in New Jersey of Aggravated Sexual Assault and sentenced to a 15-year prison term. As a result of that conviction, he was required to register in New Jersey as a sexual offender.
In Nov. 2015, an individual (the “Reporter”) advised the FBI that the Reporter, posing as a 13-year-old girl, had engaged in online communications with a person using the screen name “X.Terrick..X.” During the communications, “X.Terrick..X” indicated that “X.Terrick..X” wanted to engage in sexual activities with the Reporter. The FBI instructed the Reporter to continue to engage in discussions, to provide the FBI with daily logs of the communications, and to attempt to arrange a meeting with “X.Terrick..X.”
Between Nov. 6, 2016, and Nov. 27, 2015, the Reporter and “X.Terrick..X,” later identified as Terrick Washington, engaged in a series of text communications. Among other things, the Reporter told Washington she was 13 years old and Washington told the Reporter that he was 44 years old. During the communications, Washington described in detail a variety of sexual acts he wanted to perform on the 13-year-old and made arrangements to meet her in Orange County, New York.
On Nov. 28, 2015, Washington was arrested when he arrived at the Harriman Metro North Station. Following his arrest, he admitted he had met a young girl on the internet while using a chat application from his cell phone and he made arrangements to meet her so he could have sex with her. Initially, Washington said the girl told him she was 15, but he later admitted that, in fact, the girl said she was 13. Washington also said that he had been convicted of a sex offense when he was 18 involving a 5-year-old girl and that, as a result of that conviction he is required to register as a sex offender.