SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Peter N. Allen, age 33, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania was sentenced today to serve 124 months in prison for attempting to arrange for a sexual encounter with a minor. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Jodi Cohen, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Allen admitted that between February 2020 and May 2020, he exchanged multiple sexually explicit messages online with an undercover officer posing an 11-year-old girl to entice the child into having sex with him. Allen also admitted that on May 14, 2020, he traveled from Pennsylvania to a fast-food restaurant parking lot in New York near where he believed the child lived to meet her for sex.
Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also sentenced Allen to a 15-year term of supervised release to begin following his term of imprisonment. Allen also will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian as a part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.