John Baker Rose, 75, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was arrested today in St. Paul after a grand jury in Fresno, California returned a three-count indictment charging him with online coercion and enticement, interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and receipt of child pornography.
According to the indictment, between September 2015 and November 2015, Rose made contact with a 14-year-old girl through the internet and persuaded her to meet him. He is alleged to have traveled from St. Paul, Minnesota to Fresno, California for the purpose of meeting her to engage in sexual activity.
In addition, he is charged with using a cell phone and computers to receive one or more visual depictions of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted, Rose faces a penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a $250,000 fine for the charge of online coercion and enticement, up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and five to 20 years in prison for the charge of receipt of child pornography.
Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.