Ex-DOJ employee sentenced after traveling to engage in sex with minor
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A former career U.S. Department of Justice employee received a seven-year prison sentence on Thursday for traveling across state lines to engage in a sexual act with a minor.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander handed the sentence down to 55-year-old James Cicala of Columbia, Md. Cicala pled guilty to the charge in June.
An investigation revealed he used his federally issued work phone and computer to communicate with an undercover detective posing as a 15-year-old girl and arranged to travel from his Fenwick, Del., beach house to Berlin, Md., to engage in sexual activity with the supposed juvenile.
Cicala worked for years as an information technology support employee at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to his plea agreement. For several months in 2015, he placed multiple ads in online marketplaces in Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia seeking out girls to engage in “daddy-daughter” relationships.
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