PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Sarah Norton, 38, of Jewett City, Connecticut was convicted at trial of attempted enticement of a minor and traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor arising from her interactions with a 14 year-old boy.
The defendant, a married mother of three, met the victim while “gaming” online. She then used online and cell phone communications to attempt to seduce the victim into engaging in sexually explicit contact. Norton traveled from her home in Connecticut to Pennsylvania to meet with the boy for sex in a hotel room that she had rented, near where the child lived. Norton’s plan was foiled after the victim’s father became suspicious of the messages the victim had on his cell phone and interrupted the plan.
“Those who sexually target children are among the most depraved in our society,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “This is true no matter the gender of the offender or the excuses served up for this type of behavior. We will aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone who targets children for their own sexual gratification.”