Internet Predator Sentenced To 40 Years, Must Forfeit Truck He Used To Meet Victims

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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Chad Theodore Dillon (45, Okaloosa County) to 40 years in federal prison for online enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the 2006 Ford F-150 truck he had used to meet a victim.

Dillon pleaded guilty on January 18, 2017.

According to court documents, this investigation began in April 2016, when an agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an undercover investigation to identify users of a particular app who were attempting to entice and sexually exploit children. On April 22, 2016, an FDLE undercover agent published a post that read, “Being 13 and being alone is just no fun at all.” Within a few minutes, the agent received a private message from “Ice Whale,” that read, “R u m or f?,” which initiated a conversation between the two. During the conversation, “Ice Whale,” later determined to be Dillon, repeatedly solicited the “child” for sexual acts.

Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola News Journal

Dillon also offered to have sex with the “child’s” 12-year-old “friend,” who he believed to be sleeping over at the “child’s” house. He also claimed to have had sex with 12-year-olds a “couple times.” Dillon provided his cellphone number to the “child” and claimed that his name was “Cory.” Despite repeated conversation, Dillon declined to meet with the “child” for the sexual encounter discussed. However, further investigation revealed that Dillon had previously solicited a 13-year-old child online to produce nude images of herself.

After determining that “Ice Whale” was Dillon, FDLE agents obtained a warrant for Dillon’s cellphone and found chat messages revealing he had traveled to Georgia to have sex with a minor, and had enticed a different child to produce pornography and to meet him for sex.