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CASE NAME:United States v. Thomas Taylor
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Thomas Taylor, Christine Taylor
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-CR-20063
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:United States v. George C. Clarke, United States v. Koenemann, United States v. Strevell, United States v. John Bollea
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Federico A. Moreno
YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Costa Rica
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Sex Tourism
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to travel in foreign commerce to engage in sexual conduct with a minor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:5 days imprisonment + $1,000 fine + $100 special assessment for each defendant
SECOND CHARGE:Coercion or enticement of a minor
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2423
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Attempt to obtain a minor to engage in sexual conduct
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1594
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FOURTH CHARGE:False statements to federal agents
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1001
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:5 days
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FINE IMPOSED:$1,000 + $100 special assessment for each defendant
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:

The FBI instituted an undercover operation that was designed to stop United States sex tourists before departing from the United States. The undercover operation consisted of a fake travel agency ("Costa Rica Taboo Vacations") that offered to match travelers with "tourist companions" ages 14 through 27 in Costa Rica.  The defendants, a realtor and his wife from Florida, communicated with the agency and made arrangements for Christine Thomas to engage in sexual activities with two 16-year old females upon their arrival in Costa Rica. The defendants were arrested after boarding a cruise ship en route to Costa Rica.

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