Colorado Man Sentenced to Serve More than 24 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor

Wednesday, 06 March 2024 07:42

Colorado Man Sentenced to Serve More than 24 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor Featured

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this week, CHAD ALLAN QUINNELL, 46, of Colorado, was sentenced to serve 292 months in federal prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On July 19, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a three-count Indictment against Quinnell, charging him with distribution of child pornography, attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. According to public record, in January 2023, Quinnell began communicating with an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a mother of two small children. Quinnell quickly made clear that, if given the opportunity, he intended to sexually abuse the children. Court records also indicate Quinnell shared child pornography with the undercover agent on multiple occasions and traveled to Oklahoma in June 2023, with the intention of sexually abusing the children. He was arrested when he arrived to meet the purported mother and children in Oklahoma City.

“This is yet another example of the FBI’s excellent and proactive efforts to protect our children, and the lengthy sentence will serve to deter those who attempt to abuse the most vulnerable in our society,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Troester. “I praise the work done by both investigators and prosecutors in bringing an end to the abhorrent behavior of this defendant.”   

“Ending the exploitation of children requires quick, decisive action from law enforcement, and that is exactly what this case represents,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we were able to put a stop to Mr. Quinnell’s deplorable crimes before they escalated. His sentencing underscores our commitment to removing child predators from our communities through the federal justice system.”

On August 30, 2023, Quinnell pleaded guilty to Count 2 of the Indictment, and admitted he used a cell phone to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activities.

At the sentencing hearing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Scott L. Palk sentenced Quinnell to serve 292 months in federal prison, followed by supervised release for life. In announcing his sentence, Judge Palk described the communications sent by Quinnell as “some of the most vile communications” in his experience in the court, and that, if Quinnell were allowed to carry out his intentions, a child would face “a lifetime of horror”. The court also noted Quinnell’s prior convictions for meeting a minor for lewd purposes in Butte County, California Superior Court case number CM040575, and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements in Butte County, California Superior Court case number CM043939.  

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Ganz prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about PSC, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Reference is made to public filings for additional information.

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