A 50-year-old Clayton County man, Timothy Lyle Chappell, of Conley, was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr., to serve 20 years in federal prison on charges of committing felony offenses involving a minor, specifically, enticing a minor to engage in prostitution and transporting and harboring a minor for prostitution, while being an individual required by law to register as a sex offender.
“This convicted sex offender convinced a 15-year-old girl, during Internet chats, to come to a motel for a free place to stay,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “At the same time, he was advertising the girl on the Internet as a prostitute. We are satisfied that this lengthy prison sentence will protect other children from harm by this predator, and hope that it will serve as a warning to like-minded individuals who are considering engaging in similar reprehensible conduct.”
Brian D. Lamkin, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, added: “The sad truth is that there are people like Mr. Chappell who will, again and again, exploit our community’s youths. The FBI-led MATCH Task Force, established to address metro Atlanta’s child exploitation problem, is proud of the role that it played in removing Mr. Chappell from our streets for many years to come.”
Chappell’s sentence, according to federal officials, included 20 years in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was convicted Feb. 8, following a plea of guilty.
According to United States Attorney Yates, Chappell is a registered sex offender, based on his August 2000 conviction on two counts of sexual molestation involving two different children in Cobb County. In early June 2010, she said, “Chappell began posting ads on the Internet, offering a free room to females. The victim in the current case, identified in court documents as ‘C.B.,’ was at that time a 15-year-old girl who was living with her aunt and contemplating running away. C.B. answered Chappell’s posting, and the two began communicating via cell phone and live Internet chats. Chappell then began posting ads on the Internet offering C.B.’s services as a prostitute. Ultimately, Chappell sent someone to pick up C.B., and bring her to the motel in Conley, Ga., where he was living. Over the course of the next two days, he had sexual relations with C.B., and provided her to two other men, who had sexual relations with her.”
The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, officials said, and Assistant United States Attorneys Teresa D. Hoyt and Susan Coppedge prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse, and is led by the United States Attorney's Offices around the country.
According to federal officials, the effort was launched in February 2006. Its goal is to use federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.