Texas Man Who Traveled To Tampa To Have Sex With 12-Year-Old Sentenced To 11 Years In Federal Prison

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington today sentenced Benjamin Michael Tschirhart (35, Dallas, TX) to 11 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Tschirhart had pleaded guilty on August 1, 2018.

According to court documents, Tschirhart, using the internet alias “jabberwockysuperfly,” contacted an undercover agent who was posing as a woman that was looking for a man to train her notional 12-year old daughter for sex. Over the course of one month, Tschirhart discussed his sexual desires and preferences for children and made plans to train and groom the “child” for sex.

Toward the end of April 2018, Tschirhart and the undercover agent made plans for Tschirhart to travel to Tampa to have sex with the “child.” On April 30, 2018, Tschirhart disembarked an Amtrak train in Tampa. The next day, Tschirhart arrived at the agreed upon location at the agreed upon time, where he was arrested. He had in his possession condoms and lubrication, as well as Skittles and Airheads—the “child’s” favorite candy.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.